Day Two started with another blow to the Portland Trail Blazers' free agency plans: Greg Monroe will join the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Monroe will sign a three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks. It will include a player option on the third year.
Greg Monroe will sign a three-year, $50M deal with the Bucks, including the player option on the final year, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2015
Monroe met with the Blazers on Wednesday, and was reportedly part of a plan to sign in combination with LaMarcus Aldridge.
According to The Oregonian's Jason Quick:
The Trail Blazers' top offseason plan became more clear on the second day of free agency: Sign big men LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe to maximum contracts.
Neil Olshey, the Blazers' president of basketball operations, headed a Blazers contingent that met with agent David Falk in Washington D.C. early Wednesday to pitch the idea of Monroe playing next to Aldridge.
Aldridge continues to have meetings with teams, and has made no official indication as to where he will sign this offseason. However, a video with assistant coach Kim Hughes that surfaced Wednesday night indicates that the Blazers may not have anticipated a return of Aldridge this offseason.
Former New York Times reporter Howard Beck commented on Twitter that the Blazers' falling contender status played a role in Monroe's decision.
Monroe met with 4 teams: Bucks, Knicks, Lakers, Blazers. All offered the max, I'm told. Chose Bucks because they're the most playoff ready.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) July 2, 2015