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Monroe Remains on the Trade Market
Tuesday, July 19
Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Monroe "remains available via trade" after the Bucks re-signed Miles Plumlee on Monday.
On June 20, the Associated Press' Michael Scotto reported the Bucks were shopping Monroe "hard."
Monroe May Leave Milwaukee amid Roster Reshuffle
Monroe, is set to make $17.1 million this coming season with a $17.8 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign.
Monroe was Milwaukee's prized free-agent acquisition last summer, as the Bucks constructed an intriguing roster featuring a ton of size and athleticism across the board.
Although Monroe had a fine year with 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, Milwaukee didn't quite click and failed to qualify for the playoffs with a 33-49 record. The 26-year-old even went to a bench role at one point, hence his 79 games played with 67 starts.
By demoting him during the 2015-16 campaign, the Bucks may have done themselves a disservice and hindered Monroe's trade value. They also stuck him at center often despite his typical position being power forward.
As Milwaukee continues to try to solve its personnel kerfuffle under coach Jason Kidd, it makes sense to at least dangle Monroe in trade packages.
The fact that rumors are swirling about Monroe already suggests the Bucks don't view him as a fit in Kidd's system. It'd therefore be best to move him soon rather than during the season.
Milwaukee boasts a talented young core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Michael Carter-Williams and Khris Middleton, but MCW was rumored to be "gettable" around this year's trade deadline, per Brian Windhorst and Stein of ESPN. If Monroe is ultimately moved, he may not be the only marquee Bucks player to be shipped away.