Another year, another rumor about the Milwaukee Bucks shopping Greg Monroe and John Henson.
According to Bucks reporter Gery Woelfel, Milwaukee is looking to deal Greg Monroe this summer, along with lanky forward John Henson. This report is nothing new. It seems like Monroe is one of those guys whose name is routinely brought up in the rumor mill, and the 27-year-old has handled it with class.
Since joining the Bucks in 2015, Monroe has seen his role decrease because he doesn’t fit what the Milwaukee is looking to do. Their big thing is versatility, and Monroe old-school style is out-dated. He’s the center who plays with his back to the basket, but he does a stellar job snagging rebounds and is an above-average defender who has trouble protecting the rim.
Last season, in 81 games, Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in a career-low 22.5 minutes a night. To say he’s not productive is a reach. I’m not a big advocate of per 100 possessions stats for players, but Monroe’s are impressive: he’s one of 10 guys to average at least 25 points, 10 boards and five dimes when the pace is adjusted.
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John Henson, on the other hand, has been in and out of the lineup. The 26-year-old wrapped up his fifth season with the Bucks and appeared in 58 contests. Even when Henson played, he had issues staying on the floor. Unlike Monroe, there isn’t much in his offensive repertoire and, despite being an excellent shot blocker, he picks up fouls at an exhausting rate.
Henson blocked 1.3 shots in his 19.4 minutes but also got whistled for 2.6 fouls. The upsetting part is that he fell off a bit defensively and limited scoring impact leaves the Bucks in a bind.
Milwaukee hasn’t been able to move either of them, and they’re probably not going to. Henson’s under contract until 2020, and Moose is earning almost $18 million after opting into this upcoming year.
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