WEDNESDAY, 10:43am: Teams that have called the Bucks about Monroe aren’t gaining traction in talks, according to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, who heard from one source who said no chance exists that the big man will end up in a trade. At least one other source also told Zillgitt that Monroe won’t be traded.
5:08pm: New Orleans and Milwaukee have had only exploratory talks, sources tell John Reid of The Times Picayune, who nonetheless hears from league sources that Monroe, a New Orleans native, would prefer to play for his hometown Pelicans.
TUESDAY, 8:58am: The Bucks have had a dialogue with the Pelicans about Greg Monroe and are one of a handful of teams that have been “kicking the tires on” Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, reports Zach Lowe of ESPN.com. Monroe is obtainable if a team gives Milwaukee a “decent” first-round pick, according to Lowe, but the Pelicans have been reluctant to part with their 2016 first-rounder even if protection for the top few picks is involved, sources tell Lowe. New Orleans has dealt its first-round pick three years in a row.
New Orleans is keen on pairing Anthony Davis
with a “bruiser” up front, but opposing teams are confused about whether whether executive vice president of basketball operations Mickey Loomis
or GM Dell Demps
has control over the front office, Lowe hears. Loomis has been exerting greater control lately
, but executives from other teams told Ken Berger of CBSSports.com recently that they believe that’s only a temporary situation, with former Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars
a strong candidate
to take over the Pelicans front office.
A confused narrative exists about whether the Bucks would give up Monroe. Fellow ESPN scribes Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst reported Monday that the offseason signee wasn’t available
, conflicting with an initial report from Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times that he could be had for the right offer
. Both reports agreed that the team was open to dealing Michael Carter-Williams
, and the team is unconvinced that he’s the long-term answer at point guard, league sources tell Lowe. Thus, Milwaukee joins a group of suitors for Teague that various reports say includes the Jazz
. I touched on what then only appeared to be speculation about Milwaukee and Teague as I examined the point guard’s trade candidacy