It's official -- center
Middleton has been in Milwaukee since his rookie year and is coming off his best season. He averaged a career-high 13.4 points and peaked at 46.7 percent shooting.
Monroe is the team's premier free-agent signing. He signed a three-year, $50 million deal to leave the Pistons after a career-high 10.2 rebounds per game last year.
"I feel like this was the best fit for me," Monroe told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It was purely a basketball decision. ... Nothing else mattered but basketball to me and that's why I'm here."
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but previous reports indicated the deal was for three years and $50 million.
"Greg is a skilled low-post scorer and rebounder, and will add a whole new dimension to our young roster," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "He's just 25 years old and still scratching the surface of his potential. I'm looking forward to helping him develop along with our other talented young players."
In what would be a surprising move, Yahoo Sports is reporting that free-agent center
Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Pistons last season, and left Detroit seeking more opportunity to produce. The center met with the Knicks, who had been the presumed favorite for his services for several months.
Monroe has career averages of 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in five years with Detroit.
In an attempt to fill a gaping hole at center, the
Monroe, who has reportedly felt unappreciated in Detroit, averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Pistons last season.
Jordan is a defensive specialist and premier rebounder who has struggled mightily hitting foul shots for the cross-town Clippers and boasts virtually no offensive range. He led the NBA at 15.0 rebounds per game, but shot a horrific 41.7 percent at the line.
The Knicks have been rumored to be the likely landing spot for Monroe for several months. He's expected to sign a maximum contract
Afflalo opted out of his Portland contract. He's expected to sign with the Knicks for three years, $36-38 million, which would fit under the team's salary cap.
Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds last year. Afflalo averaged 13.3 points and 3.2 rebounds.
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