Report: Greg Monroe to exercise $17.88 million option, return to Milwaukee Bucks in 2017-18

Monroe averaged 11.7 points per game last year

Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe will return to the team in 2017-18 after opting into the last year of his deal for $17.88 million, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported.

After earning the starting nod in nearly 88 percent of his games through his first six NBA seasons, head coach Jason Kidd brought Monroe off the bench for all 81 games last year. His 22.5 minutes and 6.6 rebounds per game were the worst marks of his career, and his 11.7 points were the lowest since his rookie campaign.

Even with the reduced playing time, Monroe seemed to find a nice role off the bench. The 27-year-old shot over 53 percent from the field and posted 2.6 assists per contest, the highest such rate of his career.

Monroe will be the second-highest paid player on the team this season. Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will earn over $22 million as his contract extension kicks in.

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