Goodbye Piston. Hello Free Agency. Hi Milwaukee Bucks?
The rumors about how the New York Knicks were targeting free-agent power forward Greg Monroe ended after he had chosen Bucks over Phil Jackson’s lackluster team.
Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, which is for three years and $50 million US. Additionally, the former Piston forward has a player option on the final year of the deal that will allow him to become a free agent again in two years if he wishes.
Previously, the 25-year-old Monroe met with 4 teams: Bucks, Knicks, Lakers and Blazers. Agent David Falk said that Monroe had chosen the Bucks because they could have better chance to “make playoffs immediately.”
Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons last year and was one of the most coveted big men on the market. Being the 10th-most defensive rebounds over the past three years (1,520), the power forward can help Jason Kidd’s squad to reach the playoffs.
On the other hand, a person with knowledge of the details says centre Robin Lopez has agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.
Reportedly, Lopez will leave the Portland Trail Blazers to fill the open spot in the middle for the Knicks, the person says Friday on condition of anonymity because contracts can’t yet be signed. Yahoo Sports also reported that Lopez would receive a four-year deal worth $54 million.
Another rumor is that the Knicks are considering making an offer to OKC restricted free agent Enes Kanter. Will it be pushed through? Or just another short-lived rumor we shouldn’t care about?
Well, the rumors about the Knicks won’t ever stop unless they’re done signing for a powerful center and boosting their not-so-good roster. Remember, many speculated about De Andre Jordan’s and Monroe’s transfer to the Knicks, but eventually, the two players have chosen to go elsewhere.
Jackson should really look for better options if they really want to join the playoffs this year. Sure enough, the Knicks still have a lot of money to spend on another interested and deserving player, other than Monroe of course. Aside from the money they can obviously offer, why doesn’t Jackson improve his roster to lure other free agents in signing with his team? I believe that a good roster of players can help him find another center that will help Carmelo Anthony in bringing back the glory they’ve once had.