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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.