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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.”

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Knicks Sign Marcus Morris to One-Year Deal

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Marcus Morris

The New York Knicks have officially signed veteran forward Marcus Morris to a one-year, $15 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Morris nixed a deal he had in lace with the San Antonio Spurs, a two-year, $20 million contract, and now lands with the Knicks for a more lucrative, yet shorter, deal.

Morris is known for his hard play and consistency, and should provide a versatile element to the roster.

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Knicks Sign Reggie Bullock to Re-worked Deal

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The New York Knicks have finalized a new, re-worked, two-year deal with Reggie Bullock, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.

Bullock originally agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the team with an option for the second year, but the terms were re-worked due to a medical issue

Despite the hurdles in closing the deal, Bullock’s agent, David Bauman, praised the Knicks for how they navigated the process.

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Cavaliers, Raptors Interested in Dragan Bender

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Dragan Bender

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are interested in former Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender.

Bender was a major bust with the Suns, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he is still only 21 years old.

Bender can still turn his career around, but he has issues with 3 point shooting and the physicality of the NBA game.

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