David Falk Rumors
David Falk, Monroe’s highly-respected agent, said Tuesday he expects his client to remain with the Bucks the rest of the season. Furthermore, Falk said Monroe doesn’t have any strong desires to be dealt. “Anything is possible in the NBA, but I don’t expect him to be traded,’’ Falk said. “He’s having a great season and wants to help the Bucks make the playoffs. He wants to be in the playoffs in the worst way. He’s never been in the playoffs. That’s his goal right now.’’
For his part, Porter, a meek and unassuming small forward who avoided the AAU circuit en route to becoming an elite prospect, doesn’t care about any of the chatter. He’ll likely become a restricted free agent next summer provided the Wizards make him a $7.7 million qualifying offer to retain the first right of refusal. “I’m just focused on basketball. I let my agent deal with all that,” said Porter, who is represented by David Falk. “He’s going to make it easy on me.”
The consensus among many NBA front office officials was that Monroe wouldn’t be with the Bucks when they report to training camp later this month — even if they couldn’t get fair market value for the big man. But with training camp less than two weeks away, Monroe is still on the Bucks’ payroll. While that is shocking to many NBA officials, agent David Falk, who represents Monroe, insists he isn’t surprised his client is still with the Bucks. “There’s been a lot of speculation, but that’s part and parcel for the NBA,’’ Falk said. “You always have rumors and one percent of them come true.’’ Falk added, “I’ve become a cynic to rumors.’’
Falk said he’s been in constant contact with Bucks officials about Monroe’s situation and that the Bucks owners “have been amazingly supportive of Greg.’’ Furthermore, Falk revealed Monroe recently spent time with Greg Foster, a Bucks’ assistant coach, at a camp in Florida. Falk also dismissed speculation he or Monroe have lobbied to get Monroe out of Milwaukee. “Greg is a very mature guy, a very professional guy,’’ Falk said. “He has never asked to be traded on any team.’’
Allen Iverson: I told Coach Thompson what Reebok was offering me and what Nike was offering me, and he told me it was a no brainer. [laughs] He said, “Well, you should sign with Reebok.” David Falk: The deal was $60 Million, for 10 years. It was the highest guarantee that anyone had ever gotten in shoes.
Mark Murphy: Agent David Falk on Jared Sullinger’s dilemma: “Jared acknowledges he put himself in this situation, and he has to get himself out of it. What happened the last two weeks has been a major wake-up call for him.”