Greg Monroe Signs With Celtics

Monroe joins a shallow Boston frontcourt that features incumbent starting center Aaron Baynes and All-Star big man Al Horford in addition to versatile bigs Daniel Theis and Marcus Morris off the bench.

Greg Monroe has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics over the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Monroe began the 2017-18 season with the Milwaukee Bucks, but was traded to Phoenix in a deal that also involved guard Eric Bledsoe back in early November.

The Celtics will sign Monroe using the $8.4 million disabled player exception they were granted after Gordon Hayward suffered a potentially season-ending ankle injury on October 17. The Celtics had an open roster spot after declining to renew Jarell Eddie's 10-day contract last week.

But Boston offers Monroe, 27, a chance to contribute to a team that has a strong chance of reaching the Eastern Conference finals, perhaps further.

In 20 games with the Suns (14 starts), Monroe shot 63 percent from the field while averaging 11.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 23.3 minutes. He should give the Celtics an offensive boost once head coach Brad Stevens is able to sort out the rotation.

The best benefit to the signing is the Celtics did not have to surrender any potential trade assets to land Monroe, using the disabled player exception they received following Gordon Hayward's injury.

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