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Free agent center Greg Monroe signed a 3-year, $50 million dollar maximum contact with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Even though he’s not know for his defense, Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season with the Detroit Pistons. He is a reliable scorer in the post who gives the Bucks a go-to guy when they need a bucket during late-game situations. His rebounding prowess also helps sure up one of the Bucks’ weaknesses from last season.

Greg Monroe turns the Bucks into a legitimate threat to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs next season and gives reason for the Cleveland Cavaliers to be a little nervous. But what’s more exciting that what he can do on the hardwood is that he signed with the Bucks in the first place.

Milwaukee has not been a desired location for NBA free agents for a long time, if ever. Historically, free agents would sign with the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers. Monroe, in fact, had similar offers from both teams and still chose to sign with Milwaukee. It’s hard to find better proof that the Bucks are a team on the rise than this.