The Milwaukee Bucks brought back veteran center Greg Monroe on a 10-day contract. He is the second center the team has brought in (DeMarcus Cousins being the other) to steal some minutes of rest for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis.
Monroe has been preparing himself for this opportunity by playing the last 12 games for the Capital City Go-Go of the G League and two other 10-day NBA contracts spanning five games with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards. In those games, Monroe averaged 5.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.0 blocks.
The veteran big man shared his feelings on being signed after a team shootaround recently via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“I’m not coming from the couch,” he said. “I’ve gotten in a full season. I’m ready to play. It’s just about getting caught up with exactly what they do here. I’m definitely ready to play. Excited to be back here. Looking forward to getting out there.”
“It’s fun being back. Loved being here. Just feels good. Excited to play with these guys and excited to get back to Milwaukee, too, and play in front of those fans as well.”
Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned how Monroe’s addition could help the team.
“I think another big has been something we’ve just been, kind of constant dialogue with Jon (Horst) and the front office and coaches, and he’s a proven pro, a veteran, has some relationships, some familiarity with guys in our locker room, felt like he fit a lot of things that we need,” Budenholzer said. “So, excited to have him, and hopefully he help us.”
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During his previous stint with Milwaukee from 2015-17, Monroe averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 165 games. He’s also played for the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He has averaged 13.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals for his career.