C Greg Monroe exercises player option to return to Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe has exercised his $17.8 million player option to stay with the team for 2017-18.

The 6-foot-11 Monroe had until Thursday night to make his decision. A Bucks official said before the NBA draft that Monroe had exercised the option.

Monroe averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 81 games in 2016-17 for the Bucks. He provided scoring punch off the bench.

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