NBA free agency news: 76ers add depth by signing Greg Monroe

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Russell Westbrook becomes second player ever to record 20/20/20 game Monroe is expected play in the playoffs and to provide the 76ers with an insurance policy behind Joel Embiid on the depth chart. The star has missed the team’s last three games with a knee injury.Philadelphia’s signing of Monroe, however, “has nothing to do” with Embiid’s health issues, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.“This is not sort of a reaction to symptoms,” coach Brett Brown said recently about Embiid. “It’s just load management. Again, we’re just trying to be smart and deliver him to play in the playoffs ready to go. The 76ers are adding depth.Philadelphia signed veteran center Greg Monroe for the rest of the season, the team announced Thursday. Shaquille O’Neal on Giannis Antetokounmpo: ‘The kid is better than me at 24’center_img The 28-year-old big man began the season with the Raptors, where he averaged 4.7 points and four rebounds before being sent to the Nets at the trade deadline. Brooklyn then released Monroe and he inked a 10-day contract with the Celtics in late March. Monroe became a free agent again when Boston declined to extend his initial deal.The former Georgetown star was originally selected by the Pistons with the seventh pick in the 2010 draft. He has tallied 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over his nine-year career. Related News “Sure, you wish he was playing and all that. But the end is what’s going to matter the most.”The team will make room on its roster by waiving Justin Patton, the report said. The 76ers acquired Patton as part of the Jimmy Butler trade in early November and he played just three games for them.After Wednesday’s loss against the Hawks, the Sixers have a 49-29 record and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference.last_img read more