Surprise, surprise: No. 2 didn’t change No. 1.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Milwaukee also has John Henson locked up for the next four years, furthering the logic of a trade.
Monroe makes sense as the odds man out.
Plumlee’s salary shows the Bucks commitment to him, and his rim protection, mobility and pick-and-roll finishing fit well with the rest of the roster. Henson also fits defensively, especially as he gets stronger.
As talented as Monroe is, his lack of foot speed disrupted Milwaukee’s aggressive defense. He’d look better on a team that needs his interior offense and allows him to spend more time in the paint defensively. Suitors would also need to be in win-now mode or confident Monroe won’t leave next summer, when he can opt out. There aren’t many clean fits considering all those conditions.
The big question: How low are the Bucks willing to sell on Monroe? At a certain point — even with Plumlee signed and Henson pushing for a bigger role — it might make sense to start the season with Monroe and hope his value rebounds.