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Report: Bucks still receptive to moving Greg Monroe

Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe was supposed to be the signing that took the Bucks to the next level. When he signed a three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks, the organization was delighted.

However, his first season in Wisconsin was disappointing. While Monroe did average a solid 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, the team won only 33 games. The team was taken over by forward Giannis Antetokounmpo last season while Monroe’s role was reduced.

However, when free agency came and Monroe could decide his fate, due to a player option, he decided to stay. He accepted his $17.8 million option and, as he said to Gery Woelfel from Racine Journal Times, he is happy with the decision.

“I’m happy,’’ said Monroe. “I had no reason to leave. I want to build on what we started last year.’’

However, now it is out of Monroe’s hands. Milwaukee is in need of cap space, and Monroe might be the first one out. The franchise also has bad contracts in guard Matthew Dellavedova and forward Mirza Teletovic preventing them from making a big free agency splash.

Due to this, the three aforementioned players will most probably be in trade talks for some salary dumps in the next couple of months.

More from Woelfel’s reporting:

Some NBA officials said Milwaukee is still clearly receptive to moving Monroe.

“I’d like to stay but that’s up to them,’’ said Monroe.

Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game. He shot 53.3 percent from the field and 74.1 percent from the free throw line.