The Boston Celtics just pulled off what might end up being a power move as they look to become the new “beast of the East.” With a group of young talented wing men, a reliable 4/5 in Al Horford, and Kyrie running things, the addition of a quality big man like Greg Monroe could be the final piece to the puzzle that could make the Celtics the team to beat in the NBA’s Eastern Conference this season.
SB Nation (@SBNation) reports, the Celtics have signed former Phoenix Suns big man Greg Monroe to a 1-year $5 million deal. Monroe reached a buyout agreement with his former team a couple of days ago. The Boston Celtics were one of a few teams that had the salary cap space left to scoop up the big man. They wasted no time in snatching up Monroe.
Monroe has played with the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, and most recently Phoenix Suns since the 2015 season. Monroe averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game when he was with the Pistons. Monroe’s stock took a tumble after leaving the Pistons, but I believe that had more to do with the teams he went to, their systems, and available playing time, more than Monroe’s talent. Monroe can still put up big numbers in a short period of time when given the opportunity. Boston just may be that opportunity Monroe has been waiting for. The addition of Monroe to the Celtics could mean big trouble for other teams in the East.