The Milwaukee Bucks are bulking up and it appears they are addressing their center needs.

The defending champions have signed an old face in Greg Monroe to a 10-day deal, becoming the second veteran center to join the team. The other was DeMarcus Cousins who Milwaukee added in November on a non-guaranteed deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported.

The 7th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft who saw his stock dip after leaving the Detroit Pistons in 2015, should be a worthy addition to Mike Budenholzer’s cause. But this is with the understanding that he can keep up with the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis.

Hence, the 31-year-old needs to make the most out of the 10-day contract he agreed to, ESPN reported.

Monroe is no stranger to Milwaukee. He played for the Bucks from 2015 to 2017, averaging 13.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.4 minutes of action.

Before joining the Bucks, Monroe was on the NBA comeback trail. He played five games earlier this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards. In that stretch, he managed only 5.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and a block in only 16.2 minutes of action.

Although his stint this season has been far from impressive, Monroe bats that he is excited and ready to play when he spoke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“I’ve gotten in a full season. I’m ready to play. It’s just about getting caught up with exactly what they do here. I’m definitely ready to play. Excited to be back here. Looking forward to getting out there,” Monroe stated.

“It’s fun being back. Loved being here. Just feels good. Excited to play with these guys and excited to get back to Milwaukee, too, and play in front of those fans as well,” the 6-foot-10 cager added.

It will be interesting if Monroe will be signed for the rest of the season. But if he does, the best to expect is getting a non-guaranteed contract similar to Cousins.

Greg Monroe #55 of the Washington Wizards
Greg Monroe #55 of the Washington Wizards Getty Images | Quinn Harris

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