Cavs interested in new Suns center Monroe

Greg Monroe, recently traded to the Suns, appeared in 81 games last season with the Bucks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a strong interest in Greg Monroe, and are exploring ways to obtain the Phoenix Suns’ newly acquired center, league sources told Amico Hoops.

Monroe was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Suns in the Eric Bledsoe deal earlier this week.

The Suns reportedly are looking to move Monroe, either via trade or contract buyout. While he would prefer to join a contender, Monroe said he is open to remaining with the Suns.

“I just told them I understand the plan they have in place and how they want to approach the season,” Monroe told the Arizona Republic. “I told them, ‘If you want me to play I’ll always play. I’ll never be one not to want to play. If not we’ll just work together and find the best option for everyone.’ But I’m more than happy to play here.”

Monroe, 27, is on a $17.8 million expiring contract. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 81 games with the Bucks last season. He then increased those averages to 13.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in the playoffs.

The 6-foot-11 Monroe is considered a reliable inside presence and team-first player who is always willing to sacrifice his own stats for the good of the cause.

The Cavs have struggled during the season’s first month, which has included an injury to center Tristan Thompson, who reclaimed his starting role after beginning the season in reserve.

Cavs general manager Koby Altman would need to get creative to acquire Monroe, as the roster is already full with 15 players under contracts.

The San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets are among others said to be interested in Monroe.

7 Comments on "Cavs interested in new Suns center Monroe"

  1. Don’t wait for a buyout. Too many other contenders interested. Trade for him now. If we can make the trade for a 2nd rounder, Frye and fillers (Zizic, Calderon, Osman?)… or plan B: 2nd rounder, Frye and Shumpert. I’d prefer to keep Shumpert if we can but I’m not sure how that would work to match salaries. Monroe makes $17.88 million this season, so would it be possible to combine Frye ($7.42), Zizic ($1.64), Calderon ($2.32), and Osman ($2.64)?? Is that close enough to match salaries?? That’s the only way I can see this trade working without including Shumpert.

  2. Cavs have a bevy of 2 guard/wings. Shumpert and Frye?

    Along these lines… is it just me or is Crowder having an extremely disappointing season so far?

  3. Sam, the obvious scenario is to trade Tristan Thompson for Monroe straight up. A much bigger presence in the paint, an actual scoring option as opposed to TT, IMO, it makes sense for the Cavs to get rid of TT’s horrible contract and his horrible production. Id be all for such a trade.

    • I am with you here Steve! I’ll be posting a story on this! Thanks for reading and offering input. Hope you are doing well.

  4. Sam – could there be interest in sending TT north for Valianciunas? TT goes Home to Canada and the cavs get some more rim protection and scoring help?

  5. William risman | November 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Reply

    Greg monroe is a superior player than tristan thompson and 2 inches taller as well. Thompson has no offensive low post game other than a put back tap in underneath the basket. Whereas monroe is a highly skilled low post scorer. The former iron man thompson now appears somewhat fragile physically and his personal life exploits can only cause distractions that may lead to poor perfomances such as the 0 rebounds against the knicks allowing kanter to dominate him. Monroe for thompson is a trade that i would favor. Also trade zizic and osman and a draft pick to the 76ers for jahlil okafor a young inside scoring/rebounding presence. The end of the diminutive petite lineups this is nba basketball not some weird experiment by lue and the spread the floor and go small fixation leading to loses.

  6. I️ agree William – let’s abandon the small ball experiment and slow it down and go big

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