According to NBA league sources the Cleveland Cavaliers have a legit interest in Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe. He was recently traded to Phoenix from the Milwaukee Bucks for Eric Bledsoe. The Suns prefer to move Monroe either via trade or buyout. Monroe said recently that he would be open to staying with the Suns if they preferred to keep him.
“I just told them I understand the plan they have in place and how they want to approach the season,” Monroe told the Arizona Republic. “I told them, ‘If you want me to play I’ll always play. I’ll never be one not to want to play. If not we’ll just work together and find the best option for everyone.’ But I’m more than happy to play here.”
The Cavaliers could use another big man with the loss of Tristan Thompson who is still at least three weeks away from returning from a calf injury. Rebounding has been an issue of late and the 6’11” Monroe could certainly help in that area. He is a solid offensive player who is strong in the post. The downfall is Monroe is not known for his defense or shot blocking ability which is another area the Cavaliers are currently lacking. The 27 year old center has a career average of 14 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He is in the last year of his contract that is paying him $17.8 million.
The most likely scenario for Cleveland to acquire Monroe would be via a buyout. In the scenario Cavs General Manager Koby Altman would have to make a corresponding roster move as the Cavaliers are at the 15 man roster limit.