Detroit Pistons free agent Greg Monroe did not include the Boston Celtics on the list of teams he’ll visit with on Wednesday, the first day of free agency. But a league source tells CSNNE.com that the Celtics are by no means eliminated from contention for the big man. A USA Today report indicated that the 6-foot-11 big man will visit with the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers within the first 24 hours of free agency.
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The Milwaukee Bucks progressed quickly in the early hours of Wednesday toward their top offseason priority, moving to the brink of a long-term deal with restricted free agent Khris Middleton, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Bucks and Middleton are closing in on a five-year contract worth an estimated $70 million after the 23-year-old’s breakout season as an impact two-way player under new Bucks coach Jason Kidd.