The Hornets arguably make more sense than any other team in the NBA as a potential landing spot for Greg Monroe, as they find themselves in the rare position of having not only played, but been successful with an old school big man.
Al Jefferson is, in many ways, the template for how Monroe could integrate in different scenarios around the league and with big Al now in Indiana, the Hornets have lost what was a valuable weapon in their offense.
Although they’ve done a good job of retooling their center rotation to be solid if inexpensive, among Cody Zeller, Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes, they’re lacking the kind of high level post scoring that Jefferson had made a staple of their play.
Adding Monroe could address that balance and the Hornets could probably do so without giving up anything that they weren’t trying to move already. Spencer Hawes and Jeremy Lamb could help the Bucks with their continued pursuit of improved floor spacing, while offering them a saving of almost $4.5 million next season compared to Monroe’s deal.
Moving forward, if both proved to be solid contributors their $6 million contracts would represent good value under the current cap, while they wouldn’t be difficult to move if needed either.
For Charlotte, a one year gamble on Monroe at that price would be worthwhile as both he and fellow former Georgetown Hoya Roy Hibbert would enter free agency again next summer, setting up a season long audition for what style the team should turn to at center in the future.
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