After signing a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Sunday, March 24, Greg Monroe is now set to sign with another division foe, which will be his third stop with an Eastern Conference contender this season.
Upon parting ways with the Celtics, which was first reported by Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald on Wednesday morning, Monroe wasted no way time finding another Atlantic Division suitor.
The 28-year-old big man reportedly will sign with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, according to Jordan Schultz of ESPN. Shams Charania of The Athletic later confirmed the report.
This will be the third Atlantic Division team that Monroe has suited up for this year. The veteran forward played 38 games for the Toronto Raptors earlier this season before playing just two games for the Celtics during his 10-day contract. He joined the Celtics after getting waived by the Nets (with whom he didn’t play a game for) following a trade to Brooklyn from Toronto.
Monroe signed with Boston in February of 2018 for the remainder of the season, playing in 26 games down the stretch for the Celtics. He would go on to sign with the Raptors once he hit free agency in the offseason.
The Sixers officially waived forward Justin Patton on Wednesday afternoon to make room for Monroe.
When asked about the decision to part ways with Monroe, head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Monday that it makes sense to play the guys they have, per Mark Murphy.
“Makes sense to keep playing with the guys we have,” Stevens said. “If we do have minutes, distribute those to Robert (Williams) and Guerschon (Yabusele) toward the end of the season.”
Monroe is playoff eligible for Philadelphia and likely will be used to provide some help on the glass when Joel Embiid is on the bench.