Greg Monroe to sign three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks
The Bucks have agreed to a max deal with free agent big man Greg Monroe.
Another giant domino has fallen in the insanity of the 2015 NBA free agency period. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to terms with big man Greg Monroe on a maximum contract.
Free agent Greg Monroe will sign a maximum contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2015
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger confirmed reports of Monroe's deal as a three-year max deal with the third year being a player option. The contract would total $50 million over the three years.
Monroe spent his first five years in the NBA as a power forward/center for the Detroit Pistons after being selected No. 7 in the 2010 NBA Draft. After not being able to agree on a substantial contract extension and Stan Van Gundy taking over the Pistons last summer, Monroe decided to take the one-year qualifying offer last offseason and gamble on becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.
It looks like the move paid off for him. After averaging a double-double (15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds) in his fifth season, Monroe was one of the more attractive big man options in free agency. The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, and others were all linked to trying to persuade Monroe to join their team, but the max contract seemed to be the sticking point for Monroe.
The Bucks will ask him to provide some offense to a pretty anemic attack, which had success due to Milwaukee being one of the top defenses in the NBA last season. Monroe typically has struggled defensively, but adding him to a team that can cover for his mistakes and get a boost from his post game, passing, and face-up attack should be a great balance moving forward.
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