After inking a three-year, $50 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks last July, center Greg Monroe is now being shopped “hard” by the organization, according to Michael Scotto of the Associated Press.
For the upcoming year, Monroe is set to make $17.1 million and has a $17.8 million player option for the final year of his contract. Although Monroe had another year statistically similar to ones previous, the Bucks struggled mightily after being expected to challenge for a middle playoff seed.
He averaged 15.3 points on 52 percent shooting and 8.8 rebounds in 79 games while the Bucks hobbled their way to a 33-49 record. At one point during the year, however, Monroe was put on the bench and spent 12 of his 79 games as a reserve. He played roughly the same amount of minutes per game and sustained his numbers, but the intriguing part is that the team overall was better of with him as a reserve. According to Basketball-Reference, Monroe’s plus/minus was +3.7 as a reserve compared to -3.4 as a starter.
Moving their star center could send the message that the team wants to start playing a different style since they have the personnel to play a fast-paced game. He’s still a reliable player and has even become more than just a low-post scorer as he was with the Pistons. His mid-range jump shot is slowly developing, but he mostly plays on the block and isn’t an explosive athlete.
Despite being 23rd in pace last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, and Michael Carter-Williams, have length and athleticism that would dominate the fast break, and, unfortunately, Monroe doesn’t fit in that system.