Source: According to Yahoo’s Shams Charania, veteran big man Greg Monroe has agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Raptors. There were a few whispers on the wind that a deal like this was coming, and with the Raps very much looking for low cost
frontcourt help heading into the 2018-19 season, it’s a situation that makes some sense.
Here’s the report from Shams:
Monroe is signing a one-year, $2.2M deal with Toronto, league sources said. The veteran center is joining a contender in the Eastern Conference. https://t.co/oLrtvPV6IQ
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 6, 2018
Monroe joins the 2018-19 Raptors as a 6’11”, 27-year-old centre in the old school sense; listed at 265 pounds, he’s called Moose for a reason. The former seventh overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Monroe has career averages of 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. It’s been this last stat, and his overall ability to move the ball from the high post at the elbows, that’s kept Monroe relevant as an NBA big man as the league has gone quicker and more versatile.
Last season saw Monroe ping-pong from the Bucks, where he was traded for Eric Bledsoe despite working as a useful centre off the bench for Milwaukee, then get waived by the Suns after appearing in 20 games, before he ended up in Boston as, yep, more big man insurance. In 26 games with the Celtics, Monroe put up 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in just 19.1 minutes per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field, and 80 percent from the line. (For the record: Monroe has career shooting splits of 52/00/71 — that’s right, he doesn’t shoot threes.) It should be noted here though that Monroe’s playoff minutes dropped down to under 10 a game in the 2018 postseason for Boston.
Still, at a reported $2.2 million, this is a low-cost, high-upside deal for Toronto. They have some options at centre now, they’ve added a steady bench presence with some muscle, and can put together a little more playmaking in the frontcourt. Sure, maybe Monroe doesn’t offer Toronto a ton of “soul”, but he’ll get the job done.