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Bucks sign “missing piece” in Monroe, retain Middleton

The former Detroit Pistons and Georgetown Hoya didn’t participate in much of the flying and dining for Free Agency, choosing to rather set up home base in the Washington, D.C. Letting the teams come to him and pitch their presentations, today according to Woj and Stein, Monroe not only made his decision but did so without maxing out his potential earnings. He’ll be the newest member of the Milwaukee Bucks, giving a young team a proven offensive option on that end of the floor.

The Bucks made huge strides last season under head coach Jason Kidd, that was without the second overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft as Jabari Parker got hurt at the start of the season with an ACL injury. Not only do they get Parker back, but after losing Larry Sanders to retirement, they gain on of the leagues better offensive big men.

Monroe averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds last season playing alongside the uber-athletic Andre Drummond. His ability to score in the post will be a welcome addition to a Bucks team known for it’s defensive capabilities, but doesn’t have an identity on offense. The former Hoya is also a very good passer, that will definitely make things easier on his new teammates as they can make a living on off-ball cuts after giving him the ball on the block. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Monroe was fifth in points scored in the paint last season with 11.4, that will definitely spread the floor for Parker and others. It’ll also take the burden and pressure off of Parker, he won’t have to shoulder the load on the offensive end.

Now it’s up to Milwaukee to pair Monroe with another big, or take advantage of their length at the rest of positions and just help if needed on the defensive end. Monroe wasn’t the only signing or addition for Milwaukee in the last week or so, they also decided to retain Kris Middleton’s services by agreeing to a five-year $70 million dollar deal. They also traded for Greivis Vasquez from the Raptors, they Bucks will continue to be a long, tall, athletic team.

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