Celtics sign Greg Monroe

The former Bucks center agreed to a buyout from the Phoenix Suns, who he was traded to in the deal that brought Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee.

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Greg Monroe agreed to terms with the Boston Celtics on a one-year, $5 million contract Friday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski (h/t Bleacher Report.)

The New Orleans Pelicans had known interest but could only offer him $2.2 million. The Celtics had an advantage, using part of their $8.4 disabled player exception, a one-time use allowance. This means rumored additional moves, for example, for Memphis guard Tyreke Evans, will be hampered. 

While he's playing for his third team of the season, Monroe has been effective when he's on the floor. He shot 62.6 percent from the floor in Phoenix and racked up six double-doubles despite inconsistent playing time. The Suns played him in five straight games immediately before his buyout, which came following a stretch of six games where he played three minutes.


Monroe averaged 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in 25 appearances, with the Suns and Bucks. Phoenix reached a buyout with Monroe on Feb. 1 after the team decided to lock into an extended look at their young frontcourt player.

The Celtics will get a good offensive player in Monroe, who could help their second unit or spot-start depending on the matchup. He would have to be hidden defensively, especially versus small ball lineups.