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Free agent forward-center Greg Monroe plans to meet with four teams in the first 24 hours of a free agency.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers are on Monroe's list on day one of free agency, and there is a possibility he meets with other teams, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the plans of those teams.
Monroe is an offensive-minded, solid-rebounding (especially on the offensive end) big man who averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 31 minutes per game for the Detroit Pistons last season.
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Monroe, who spent his first five seasons with the Pistons, planned for unrestricted free agency at this point his career – entering his sixth NBA season – by accepting Detroit's qualifying offer before last season, avoiding restricted free agency.
Now, Monroe, 25, gets to pick his team, and his agent David Falk wants Monroe to consider all preferences beyond money, if the money is about is going to be just about equal. Is there a city in which Monroe wants to live? A coach for whom he wants to play? Other players with who he wants to play?
Another factor in the Monroe negotiations: Monroe is interested in a three-year deal with the ability to opt out after the 2016-17 season and hit free agency in the summer of 2017 and take advantage of a salary cap that is projected to hit $108 million.
While Monroe has long been tabbed as a good fit for the Knicks – Monroe can operate out of either the high post or low post in the triangle offense – the Lakers are also a strong possibility, especially if LaMarcus Aldridge signs elsewhere.
The Lakers are intrigued because they also run principles of the triangle offense and envision Monroe, who is an able passer, making the right reads in Byron Scott's offense, which also employs Princeton-style sets at times.
But Portland will make a strong pitch, too, given that it's more than likely Aldridge leaves Portland. The Bucks are an interesting team in the mix. They made the playoffs last year with a focus on defense, not what Monroe is known for, but Milwaukee definitely could use his offense.