Greg Monroe found out from media he’ll be coming off the bench
The Bucks originally signed Monroe to a three-year, $50 million max contract last summer and were quick to quit on the big man when they saw he didn’t fit in their rotation.
Monroe was relegated to the bench, not due to poor performance but to provide a better fit for a team that was hellbent on playing him at the center position in order to create mismatches for players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker.
During the second day of training camp this week, Monroe was asked how he felt about starting the season coming off the bench, to which he seemed surprised by.
When a reporter told Monroe that Kidd had told the media he would be coming off the bench, Monroe said, "That's news to me.''
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) September 26, 2016
Apparently head coach Jason Kidd forgot to let Monroe in on his plans for the season.
The 6-foot-11 Georgetown alum has been the ultimate professional handling the situation, but it’d be silly of him or his agent to not look for other options in the league as there aren’t many back-to-the-basket players as skilled as him.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) September 27, 2016
While Monroe’s functionality can serve the Bucks well off the bench, it would be a complete waste to play someone that can produce more in a starter role while still having needs at the shooting guard position due to Khris Middleton‘s injury.
According to Bucks GM John Hammond, there are chances that Michael Carter-Williams, John Henson, or Greg Monroe — or any combination of the three — being traded to a new team as Milwaukee attempts to find a shooting guard to take Middleton’s place since he is likely out for the season.