Greg Monroe has reached a deal to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. The contract is worth a maximum $50 million over three years with a player option for the final season, sources said.
The 25-year-old Greg Monroe is one more piece of a promising young nucleus being built in Milwaukee that features Giannis Antetokounmpo (age 20), Jabari Parker (20), Michael Carter-Williams (23), and Khris Middleton (23). On day one of free agency, Middleton re-signed with the Bucks. Middleton is set to make $70 million over five years.
Monroe met with the New York Knicks, who saw him as a primary target due to his ability to score, rebound, and pass and could potentially fit into the Triangle offense. Monroe’s decision to go to Milwaukee is a blow to the Knicks, who must put more talent around Carmelo Anthony if they hope to succeed.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers met with Monroe this week, as well, but obviously to no avail.
David Falk, Greg Monroe’s agent, said all four teams offered his client a maximum deal, but Monroe wanted to be on a winning team and saw Milwaukee as the best place to accomplish this.
NBA free agency began on Wednesday, but teams cannot officially sign players until July 9.
Greg Monroe gives the Bucks an immediate scoring and rebounding presence that they desperately need. Greg Monroe was one of five players (Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Zach Randolph, and Pau Gasol) to average 15 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists last season. Only three players (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marques Johnson, and Vin Baker) have accomplished this feat in Bucks history.
Greg Monroe has averaged between 15 and 16 points and between nine and 10 rebounds each of the last four years. Only Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, and Dwight Howard have done this in each of the last four seasons.
Meanwhile, the Bucks projected starting lineup could be among the biggest in all of the NBA, with Michael Carter-Williams being the shortest at 6-6.
Greg Monroe talked about how he believes Jason Kidd is the perfect coach for this team because of how he constantly wins, no matter the circumstances, whether he is coaching or playing.
Greg Monroe signed a one-year qualifying offer last year in order to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. That choice has seemed to pay off quite well.
With Greg Monroe in the middle, the Milwaukee Bucks will be a force to be reckon with during the 2015 NBA season.
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