Greg Monroe’s second stint with the Boston Celtics was not a lengthy stay. With Monroe’s 10-day contract expiring Tuesday night, the Celtics decided not to resign him for the rest of the season.
Celtics have decided not to re-sign Greg Monroe for rest of season. His 10-day contract expired last night. Team may sign someone else to roster spot, but probably not today, per source.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) April 3, 2019
It was the second time in as many years the C’s signed the veteran big man during the regular season. Monroe was a midseason pickup last year and played in 26 games for Boston averaging 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Looking for added depth to their center position again this season, the Celtics signed Monroe back on March 24, but Monroe, who is in his ninth NBA season and played in 38 games for the Toronto Raptors earlier this year, didn’t offer much. Monroe saw action in just two games for a combined 4:49 of playing time in the green and white in his second go-around with the club.
It didn’t take long for Monroe to lend his services elsewhere after the C’s decided not to offer him another contract. Per reports, Monroe intends to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday, who will waive Justin Patton to create space for Monroe. It will be the sixth different team Monroe has suited up for in his NBA career along with Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Boston and Toronto.
The question for the Celtics now becomes what to do with Monroe’s vacated roster spot? The C’s seem to be in no hurry to replace Monroe right away with the team having until the last day of the regular season, April 10, to sign a replacement.
It sounds like the Boston Celtics will fill their open roster spot before the deadline (last day of regular season - Wednesday 4/10). But the team realizes this is a "break glass in case of emergency" situation at this point vs a real contributor. That lessens the rush to fill.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) April 3, 2019
But in all likelihood, the Celtics will fill the spot at some point and if the previous Monroe signing was an indication, expect the C’s to go after a veteran player who can provide a locker room presence for their playoff run.