NBA rumors: Greg Monroe Russia bound?

Emiliano Carchia: Greg Monroe is close to signing with Khimki Moscow, a source tells @Emiliano Carchia. The nine-year NBA veteran spent last season with Bayern Munich

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Zenit Saint-Petersburg is seriously considering to sign Greg Monroe, according to Eurohoops sources. Talks between the involved parties are ongoing with the “Moose” still exploring his NBA and overseas options.
Keith Pompey: A source says the @Greg Monroe signing is a move to add veteran depth. In no way a reflection of any concern related to @Joel Embiid’s health
Mark Murphy: 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.
Steve Bulpett: Per league source, Celtics don't have anything finalized or completely decided yet on 10-day deal with Greg Monroe. Being told the sides will talk Saturday, and he will get a physical. He certainly makes sense, with Baynes' injury issues this season leaving Celts short on bulk.
Shams Charania: Free agent center Greg Monroe has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
The Brooklyn Nets have acquired a 2021 second round draft pick, along with center Greg Monroe, from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for cash considerations. In a related move, the Nets have requested waivers on Monroe.
Greg Logan: Can confirm #Nets getting second-round puck and Greg Monroe from #Raptors. Monroe will be waived. Year of pick not yet available.
RaptorsMR: .@Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed centre Greg Monroe. He averaged 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 20.4 minutes in 51 games (14 starts) with Milwaukee, Phoenix and Boston last season. #WetheNorth
Arguably the biggest name left on the market, Monroe drew interest from multiple teams. Ultimately, he was sold on the opportunity to play meaningful minutes for an Eastern Conference contender in Toronto. Dropping his asking price from the mid-level exception ($5.3 million) to the veteran minimum sealed the deal for the Raptors, who are already facing a sizeable luxury tax bill.
The Raptors have been on the hunt for an experienced big man to round out Nick Nurse’s rotation. They’ve looked at several available bigs over the past few weeks, including their own free agent Lucas "Bebe" Nogueira (whose Raptors tenure has almost certainly come to an end), but Monroe was their primary target.
Shams Charania: Free agent Greg Monroe has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell Yahoo.
Shams Charania: 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.
With 13 players on guaranteed or partially-guaranteed deals, the Raptors are looking to fill that 14th spot with another big and have shown interest in a number of available players, including former Pistons centre , according to league sources. Monroe, one of the biggest names left on the market, wouldn't address their most pressing frontcourt need - rim protection - but could give Toronto another experienced and gifted scorer, and some more depth, off the bench. They can use the smaller mid-level exception of up to $5.3 million to sign another player, if they choose, although they're already projected to pay a sizeable luxury tax bix, and may decide to fill out the roster with more cost efficient options.
The Heat also could sign a minimum-type power rotation player, perhaps two, if Miami doesn’t resign Luke Babbitt or Udonis Haslem to the minimum. Power rotation players who could command mid-level type money include center Greg Monroe (has some support inside the Heat; averaged 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 26 games for Boston after a Suns buyout).
The Celtics have three unrestricted free agents in Shane Larkin, Greg Monroe and Aron Baynes. Larkin likely will procure a multiyear offer from another club as a backup point guard, substantially more than the $1.5 million he earned this season. Monroe likely is gone. He was such a defensive liability and a poor finisher at the rim that Stevens couldn’t play him extensively during the playoffs.
The Boston Celtics filled their final roster spot Thursday afternoon by signing veteran big man Greg Monroe. The acquisition of the 6-foot-11, 265-pound center should give Boston a major boost in the rebounding department, as well as a solid scoring option off the bench. “I think that's a great pickup for us," said Celtics forward Marcus Morris. "He’s a player who knows how to play the game. He's been around the league awhile, so I think he'll add to our size down low, (and add) scoring.”
Scott Souza: Former #Celtics guard Evan Turner on impending C's signing of Greg Monroe (who is still not here today): "Greg Monroe's a beast too. That's a good pickup, man."
Irving's presence on the Celtics helped attract Monroe. I was told the Cavs didn't have a lot of interest in Monroe, who was bought out by the Phoenix Suns. Boston also could offer him more money than the Cavs or New Orleans (who wanted Monroe). He signed for $5 million and a chance to play on the team leading the Eastern Conference.
Bobby Marks: The Celtics now have $115M in guaranteed salaries and are $3.5M below the tax. The Disability Exception is now expired based on the Celtics only allowed to use it on 1 Player.
No, the Cavs are not interested in Monroe. They didn't want him when Tristan Thompson suffered his calf injury Nov. 1 (the Bucks traded Monroe six days later to Phoenix), and they're not looking at him now that Kevin Love is out for two months. Keep in mind with any free agent, the Cavs would need to either trade a player for nothing, or waive someone (which would cost millions in luxury taxes and salaries) to sign another player.
The New Orleans Pelicans have gathered significant momentum in pursuit of impending free-agent center Greg Monroe, league sources told ESPN. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry spoke to Monroe in the aftermath of his contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns late Wednesday night, and New Orleans will continue to make an aggressive push to sign Monroe, league sources said.
The Boston Celtics are interested in Monroe and can offer him more money for the balance of the season than New Orleans can, but his potential role would be far more limited with the Celtics. Boston can pay Monroe out of its $8.4 million disabled player exception for Gordon Hayward, but playing time appears to be a major factor in Monroe's decision, league sources said.
Gerald Bourguet: #Suns make the waiving of Greg Monroe official. PHX went 3-17 in the 20 games he played.
Tim Bontemps: I'd still expect Greg Monroe to happen for the Pelicans, as well. Anthony Davis doesn't want to play center, so Monroe could slide into that starting spot. And a three-big rotation of Davs/Monroe/Mirotic is a very nice upgrade over what New Orleans has now.
Jeff Zillgitt: Also mentioned: Greg Monroe grew up just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. His buyout from Phoenix, I’m told, was favorable enough that money doesn’t have to be a deciding factor in his decision.
The Boston Celtics will be making a hard run at Monroe and can offer more money than any other team in the market for him. Boston has an $8.4 million Disabled Player Exception (DPE) from Gordon Hayward’s injury, enough money to outbid the other playoff teams vying for his services. Danny Ainge went on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Thursday morning to confirm the DPE is a thing and he can use it.
“I think we will use that exception,” said Danny Ainge. “I’m pretty sure. Or at least a portion of it in a trade or a buyout situation before the deadline’s passed. But I’m not sure who that’s going to be yet.” But he made an important distinction. Stevens has talked about her need for more shooting and playmaking, but Ainge is not acting positionally focused at the deadline. “I think it’s more important on the player than the position right now.”
The New Orleans Pelicans have gathered significant momentum in pursuit of impending free-agent center Greg Monroe, league sources told ESPN. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry spoke to Monroe in the aftermath of his contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns late Wednesday night, and New Orleans will continue to make an aggressive push to sign Monroe, league sources said.
The Pelicans' ability to offer Monroe the chance at a starting job -- in his childhood hometown -- is making for a compelling case with Greg Monroe, league sources said. Monroe could make a decision as soon as Friday or Saturday, league sources said.
The Boston Celtics are interested in Greg Monroe and can offer him more money for the balance of the season than New Orleans can, but his potential role would be far more limited with the Celtics. Boston can pay Monroe out of its $8.4 million disabled player exception for Gordon Hayward, but playing time appears to be a major factor in Monroe's decision, league sources said.
The Phoenix Suns reached a contract buyout with forward Greg Monroe yesterday; he is expected to clear the NBA waiver process this weekend and hit the unrestricted free agent market. The Suns tried pretty aggressively to trade Monroe and found virtually no takers on his deal. This becomes meaningful for teams like the Knicks, who are trying to move even uglier money on non-ending deals.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been desperately searching for frontcourt help since losing fallen star DeMarcus Cousins for the season, and they may be turning to a New Orleans native to fill that role. A source confirmed on Thursday that there is mutual interest between the Pelicans and veteran forward Greg Monroe, a former Helen Cox standout, on a potential free-agent deal.
Greg Monroe hit free agency on Thursday after the Phoenix Suns bought him out of the final year of his contract, which was worth $17.8 million. Landing in New Orleans would give him an opportunity to play a significant role for a team that hopes to make a return trip to the playoffs. The Pelicans are only $1.2 million below the hard cap and would likely have to make another move to free up enough cap space to sign Monroe.
Will Guillory: I can confirm the reporting out there that the Pelicans are interested in pursuing former Helen Cox standout Greg Monroe. Monroe could do a lot to bolster the New Orleans frontcourt after the loss of DeMarcus Cousins
If Monroe clears waivers, expect the New Orleans Pelicans to be interested. The Pelicans just lost center DeMarcus Cousins for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon. The Boston Celtics may also have interest. Monroe has an expiring contract worth $17.8 million.
Steve Bulpett: Celtics will definitely have interest in Greg Monroe, but key will be what's most important to him. Of logical suitors, Celts can offer most ($8.4 million DPE) and good chance at making Finals, but hearing he could be looking at greater opportunity for minutes in New Orleans.
Bobby Marks: Greg Monroe had a $17.8M cap hit and entering Wednesday had earned $10.8M with Milwaukee and Phoenix. Before the Monroe buyout, Phoenix was $8.8M below the cap and roughly $407K above the minimum salary floor.
Jeff Zillgitt: Greg Monroe had to decide on getting rest of 2017-18 salary or taking a bit of a hit and getting a chance to join a playoff team. He can be a helpful on the right team. Produces offensively/rebounding in limited minutes.
David Aldridge: Celtics obvious potential target for Greg Monroe post-buyout. Cavs have been on the hunt for a big man before the trade deadline as well.
Chris Mannix: Boston is expected to be high on Monroe's free agent list, a source familiar with Monroe's thinking told @YahooSports. A darkhorse team to watch: Oklahoma City.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Once Monroe clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent. There will be significant interest league-wide in signing Monroe for balance of the season.
Gary Washburn: Look for the #Celtics to have interest in Greg Monroe, a definite post presence, can score around the rim and showed in MIL and PHX he can come off the bench. Also, would love to join winning situation.
Shams Charania: Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe plans to opt-in on his 2017-18 deal for $17.88 million, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Monroe is currently backing up John Henson and is playing well. He’s the team’s third-leading scorer at 9.3 points and grabbing 6.8 rebounds despite averaging only 19.3 minutes. Monroe is being paid $17.14 million this season and has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season. If he opts in, the Bucks would be obligated to pay him $17.88M next season.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks were first team to meet with Greg Monroe in D.C. early this morning. Bucks followed. The Lakers are scheduled to meet with him today.
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.
Free agent forward-center Greg Monroe plans to meet with four teams in the first 24 hours of a free agency. The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers are on Monroe's list on day one of free agency, and there is a possibility he meets with other teams, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
When the NBA’s free-agency period begins Wednesday, New Orleanian Greg Monroe will be one of the top big men available. Monroe, an unrestricted free agent who played five years with the Detroit Pistons, joins centers Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge as those available who could most bolster a team’s frontcourt. Five teams have shown serious interest — the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. Monroe said he’ll meet with those teams this week. “I’m looking to be with a team that’s ready to win,” said Monroe during a timeout at his youth basketball clinic Saturday morning at the Delgado Community College gymnasium. “Hopefully it will be a team where I’m the missing piece.”
Monroe signed Detroit’s tender offer of $5,479,933 before last season after a rookie contract of four years, $13,110,094. It was not lost on him that he may be an unrestricted free agent a year too soon. The NBA’s new nine-year, $24 billion television contract kicks in before the 2016-17 season. That will affect the type of contract Monroe signs, he said. “(He and agent David Falk) are definitely looking at all our options,” he said. “You can see the trend is everybody’s taking shorter deals right now. So, most likely, I might take that route, too, and when the new deal kicks in, get a longer-term contract. I’m looking at a two-year deal plus an option” to become a free agent.
On the Monroe front, the specific date of the Knicks’ meeting with the Pistons' big man is unclear at this point. Monroe is believed to be high on the Knicks’ list of free agents they’d like to pursue. Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy has said it is unlikely that Monroe returns to Detroit.
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