Milwaukee center Greg Monroe has repeatedly been mentioned in trade rumors, as the Bucks have attempted to unload his salary and bring back some wings.
Monroe is in the final year of a contract that will pay him about $17 million.
Most around the NBA will tell you that contract will be easier to move this offseason than it was last — but Monroe will tell you he doesn’t want to leave.
“I’m happy,” Monroe told reporters at the Las Vegas Summer League. “I have no reason to leave. I want to build on what we started last year. I’d like to stay but that’s up to them.”
The Bucks have taken part in talks with several teams involving Monroe, but those interested seem to want to wait until the season to pull the trigger on a deal.
Monroe, 27, is 6-foot-11. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 81 games last season. Those averages increased to 13.2 points and 7.3 boards in the playoffs.
Here’s more out of Milwaukee:
- The Bucks and free agent guard Derrick Rose continue to express a mutual interest, as Ashish Mathur covered on Amico Hoops. According to reports, the Bucks may be looking to move forward John Henson to help make room for Rose. It would be an interesting addition of it works out, as the Bucks already have feisty Matthew Dellavedova and reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon running the point.
- Free agent guard Jason Terry is drawing some interest around the league, according to a report from Woelfel’s Press Box. Terry, 39, was a key reserve for the Bucks last season. His return is hardly a certainty. “An official with a Western Conference playoff-caliber team, who requested anonymity, confirmed his team is contemplating extending Terry a contract offer,” per the report.
- Third-year shooting guard Rashad Vaughn has been standing out in summer league and leads the Bucks in scoring at 16.0 points in Vegas. The Bucks are hoping it’s the start of what will be a breakout season for the former first-round pick. Both Vaughn and this year’s selection, forward D.J. Wilson, were drafted with the No. 17 overall pick.