It was clear that Greg Monroe wouldn't be returning to the Celtics this summer after the team drafted Robert Williams and re-signed Aron Baynes last month. However, Boston fans will still be seeing a healthy dose of the big man next year after the veteran inked a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum ($2.2 million) with Toronto on Monday.
It's a pretty tough fall for Monroe from a financial standpoint after signing a three-year, $48 million contract with the Bucks in the summer of 2015. The 28-year-old earned a nice payday with the Celtics ($5 million of Boston's disabled player's exception) for just a few months work with the C's last season. He had plenty of opportunities to make a major impact after injuries wreaked havoc with Boston's rotation before the postseason.
However, Monroe's defense and turnover-prone play on the offensive end kept him glued to the bench for most of the postseason run. Many players have built strong value playing in Brad Stevens' system, but Monroe just did not have the defensive skillset to make it work consistently. He was too big of a liability there for the team to get away with most nights against elite competition.
With Toronto, he'll get a chance at center minutes behind Jonas Valanuncias as a post anchor with the second unit. They needed a cheap body given their luxury tax bill and Monroe is one of the bigs left on the market with solid offensive upside.
The good news from Boston's perspective is that Monroe is a player the C's should be able to wreak havoc against in head-to-head matchups.