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Greg Monroe, agent explain why he chose Bucks over Knicks

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Greg Monroe choose Bucks over Knicks during offseason.

MILWAUKEE — When the clock started on free agency over the summer, the first sitdown for Greg Monroe was with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher. They were a match made in triangle heaven, it seemed, and if the Knicks were going to find anybody to take a max contract, the odds were on a 25-year-old center from Louisiana.

Except Monroe found another environment more conducive to his No. 1 priority of winning. He characterized New York’s meeting as a “good presentation” — one that detailed why he’s such a great fit in Jackson’s triangle — but pushed back at the idea that the Knicks were frontrunners because he met with them so quickly in free agency.

“That was just the way it was scheduled,” Monroe told the Daily News. “There was nothing extra. I wasn’t the only player teams were meeting with and that’s just how it fell in place.”


Monroe signed a three-year, $ 50 million deal with the Bucks. Wednesday night in a 122-97 loss to the Knicks, an opening night match up that may not be such a coincidence considering the NBA often schedules around the happenings of the summer, Monroe had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Monroe wasn’t pushing the storyline, though: He was reluctant to delve into details about his 2015 free agency, which he now views as irrelevant to the upcoming season. His agent, David Falk, told the News that all four teams that met with Monroe in free agency — including the Knicks, Lakers and Blazers — were offering max deals for any number of years desired. In the end, Falk said, the decision was centered on Milwaukee’s position as an emerging contender in the Eastern Conference.

“It wasn’t about presentation or marketing,” said Falk, the former agent for Michael Jordan, who noted that he has a good relationship with Jackson and Knicks GM Steve Mills. “It was about what Milwaukee already brought to the table.”

“The interest was definitely there (with the Knicks),” Monroe said. “I took an interest in everybody that was willing to meet with me. I don’t like to take anybody’s time for granted. I definitely didn’t take their time for granted. I made a decision based on the things that I was looking for and I wanted.



“At this point, I’d rather not (talk about it). It doesn’t matter anymore. Any questions anybody has, I could honestly not care less. I’m happy with where I’m at. I definitely feel like I made the right decision.”

The Knicks, having failed to secure any top free agents, pivoted to Robin Lopez (eight points in 20 minutes Wednesday) and gave the center a four-year, $ 54 million deal. Bucks coach Jason Kidd was also interested in Lopez during free agency, but that would’ve been a consolation prize. The two centers were slated to go head-to-head Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, an instant analysis of free agency.

“(Monroe) was really our first option,” Kidd wrote in his blog. “So I was glad to be able to talk to him during the process, and see what he was thinking. …The nice thing is that we saw a plan, and we put it together and shared it with Greg, and felt he could be a big part of our growth. And he felt the same way. That’s the way you always want it to happen.”

Fisher was practical about the missed opportunity.

“I don’t recall any promises being made when we left the room that he was definitely signing with us,” Fisher said. “We were the first of his meetings as far as I knew, so we had our opportunity and he chose Milwaukee. It seems like a good fit. He’s a really, really, really good player. I’m happy for him. We like the guy we got at the center (Robin Lopez) and we’ll see how it works out.”



There were no regrets or retractions from Carmelo Anthony, who said he was just being frank when saying “f–k” New York in a video with Vice Sports.

“I’m always honest,” Anthony said. “I like being honest. Sometimes you got to take my honesty and take it in a different direction. But I’m always honest. And I meant what I said on there. It wasn’t a shot at you guys (the media). I was just talking about the whole complexity of the media world as a whole. I’ll let you take your own kind of perspective on it.”

While speaking on the media crush and outsized expectations in NYC, the native Brooklynite said in the Vice Sports video released this week, “New York is the greatest city on the planet. But you’re not a New Yorker if you don’t wake up some days and be like ‘man, f**k this place.”


Sasha Vujacic has that irritant factor, and it helped him get the starting spot at shooting guard Wednesday to replace hamstrung Arron Afflalo.

“He can shoot the ball, he can guard multiple players and he’s annoying to other teams,” Derek Fisher said. “So why not put him out there?”

It worked.

Milwaukee starting guards Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless combined to shoot 6-for-23. Vujacic played 29 minutes and scored 11 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists.

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