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Woelfel: Trail Blazers No Longer Interested in Greg Monroe

Sources close to the Trail Blazers indicate that trading for Greg Monroe is no longer a focus entering the forthcoming free agency period.

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With the NBA Draft on Thursday, teams are jockeying for position on trade commodities. One such asset that the Portland Trail Blazers were deeply interested in just one year ago is current Milwaukee Bucks center Greg MonroeAccording to Gery Woelfel, the Blazers have lost interest in acquiring him.

"Multiple league sources said the Bucks are eager to move on from Monroe, so much so that one official emphatically stated, "They don’t want him.’’ And because the league is well aware of the Bucks’ hopes of moving Monroe, that same official said, Monroe doesn’t have "much trade value.’’ And that comes at a time when Thursday’s draft is devoid of quality centers."

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Monroe’s value was quite high last summer. A spate of teams courted him, including the Portland Blazers who Monroe said he came close to signing with instead of Milwaukee. Sources said the Trail Blazers are no longer interested in Monroe. Ditto for the Knicks, who signed Robin Lopez after Monroe snubbed them.

Monroe is entering his seventh NBA season after being selected with the seventh pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Bucks last summer. Over his career, he has averaged 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds.