Free-agent big man Greg Monroe will sign a max contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The third year is a player option, according to Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski had reported Wednesday night that the Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers had made “significant inroads” with Monroe. Monroe had also been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, who were reportedly the first team to meet with him when the negotiation period opened.
The Knicks did not offer Monroe a max deal, USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt reports. However, Bleacher Report's Howard Beck reports all four teams Monroe met with offered him the max, but he decided upon the Bucks because they have the best chance to win.
Monroe, 25, was one of the most sought-after frontcourt players on the free agent market. In 69 games this season he averaged 15.9 points and a career-high 10.2 rebounds. He missed 11 games due to a knee injury and two games after the NBA suspended him for being arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired.
The Knicks had long been rumored to be the most likely landing spot for Monroe. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported in April that Monroe to the Knicks was “about as close to a done deal as you can get.” Monroe denied that report a day later.
- Dan Gartland