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Report: Bucks looking to move Greg Monroe

We’re just one year removed from the Milwaukee Bucks winning the Greg Monroe sweepstakes in free agency, and they’re already looking to move on.

According to Michael Scotto of the Associated Press, the Bucks are aggressively shopping Monroe in trade talks.

Monroe, still just 26 years old, averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 79 games for Milwaukee, starting 67. Those numbers are just barely below his averages over the past few seasons, but the Bucks expected much more.

As Scotto notes, Monroe is set to make $17.1 million next season, and he has a player option for 2017-18 worth $17.8 million.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton

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In adding Monroe last summer, the Bucks hoped to take the next step after surprising most NBA critics and making the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference in 2014-15. Instead, they regressed, going from 41-41 to 33-49.

A big part of the drop-off came on the defensive end of the floor. After finishing ranked second last year, they dipped all the way down to 22nd in 2015-16. That certainly shouldn’t all be put on Monroe, but they feel he’s a significant part of the problem given his lack of quickness and length inside.

We’ll provide updates once possible destinations are cited.

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