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Raptors’ Greg Monroe Defends NBA Bigs

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Toronto Raptors big man Greg Monroe is denying the notion that the NBA game is steering away from the traditional big man and that the traditional center is becoming a thing of the past as the league moves more towards more “do everything” centers that can shoot, pass, and operate with the ball in their hands.

Monroe believes that there is still a place for the traditional center in today’s NBA.

“We all know what everybody is reacting to and it is what it is, if a team dethrones the Warriors with a big everyone is going to go out and get a big” Monroe said, according to the Toronto Sun. “I mean you saw what they (the Warriors) did this summer (signing DeMarcus Cousins). They added a centre. You need bigs. JaVale (McGee) was still playing in Golden State (Zaza Pachulia too). You still have great centers in this league – Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol. You still have guys who are productive that play so I’m not worried about it. The only thing I can control is what happens inside the lines and that is what I am focussing on.”

Monroe, who signed with the Raptors this summer, believes that the traditional center will make a return soon.

“It’s basketball. The one sport where being tall is cool and they are trying to wash it out,” Monroe said. “ It will come back around. Guys are adapting.”

Chicago Bulls

Bulls Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation

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It appears that the Chicago Bulls are souring on Jabari Parker, who will reportedly be pulled from the regular rotation, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The 23-year old Parker came to Chicago via a two-year, $40 million deal during the offseason, and marked a return to his hometown and a chance to re-ignite his career.

Now, it appears certain that the Bulls will decline his option, sending Parker back to free agency next summer.

“Jabari has been great,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said, according to Andrews. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”

Parker has averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Chicago this season.

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Detroit Pistons

Pistons Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz

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The Detroit Pistons may be in the market for a point guard and are apparently eyeing struggling Philadelpha 76ers’ point guard Markelle Fultz, according to The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.

The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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