Greg Monroe chooses Milwaukee over New York

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have been in a pursuit for a big man that would immediately impact the triangle offense coach Derek Fisher is trying to implement in the Garden. Greg Monroe was one of the rare accessible big man available on the free agent market that fitted the description.

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Monroe met with couple of teams this week, including the Detroit Pistons the team that drafted him. The Lakers were in a pursuit after a quality low post scorer and focused all of their attention towards Monroe after LaMarcus Aldridge made it crystal clear he doesn’t want to be a part of a poor basketball program at the moment. The problem with the Lakers and the Knicks, who desperately try to build around Carmelo Anthony in free agency, was that they weren’t offering the max contract to Monroe, which seems crazy considering the fact that he’s a 25-year-old veteran with the ability to have a double-double average throughout the season.

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Defense was one of the main points why teams weren’t considering Monroe as a max-contract player, but a roster featuring athletes like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton, John Henson, and Miles Plumlee among others, can afford to add a quality offensive center that can grab the ball under his own basket.

This is the third move the Milwaukee Bucks have made in this year’s free agency after signing a qualifying offer with Middleton and acquiring Greivis Vasques from the Toronto Raptors for rookie Norman Powell and a future protected first rounder. It seems like the small market team of Milwaukee is making some serious moves after a breakout season. The Knicks on the other hand will have a hard time adding some talent, besides the already signed free agent Arron Afflalo, till the end of free agency.

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