Greg Monroe is being more vocal on hos requirements going forward.
Monroe says he wants a team “ready to win” where he is “the missing piece of the puzzle”. Monroe is from Louisiana and has said he would love the opportunity to return to New Orleans. Rumor has it he is also interested in The Knicks, Celts, Bucks and Blazers. His hometown Pelicans havent shown much interest in the offensive minded big man. Surprising with their Center a free agent and a young, athletic front court man on the roster. Monroe spoke at his his own basketball camp in his native Louisiana.
The one bomb shell from Monroe’s little talk with reporters at his Summer Youth Camp was that he is looking for a two year deal with an opt out after one season. Obviously this is to take advantage of the CBA changes coming up in the future. A 2 year deal with non bird rights limits a team to 175% of his previous contract value if they need to go over the cap. Of course you can always use cap space if available. And it will be.
Monroe is just 25 years old so it doesnt surprise me that he is looking to maximize his earnings. I wonder who will offer him a 2 year deal with a second year player option. One of the ideas behind signing Monroe was that his 16 mil salary would look cheap in a couple years. If he opts out after one year that negates that advantage.
According to NBA.com, Mavericks forward Al-Farouq Aminu will visit the Knicks and four other teams. The Celtics, Blazers, Raptors and Pelicans are on the list for the reserve who averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes last season. Kid is just 24 and has been in the NBA for 5 years now.
DeAndre Jordan will meet with the Clippers, Knicks, Lakers and Mavs reportedly also looking for a deal that will allow him to capture the new TV money in two years.
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