Toronto Increases Depth, Inks Big to Veteran Minimum
Despite already having made one huge, franchise-altering trade, the Toronto Raptors are not done making moves yet.
According to multiple reports, the Raptors have signed free-agent centre Greg Monroe to a 1-year, $2.2 million deal.
In 2017-18, the 6’11 Monroe split time between Milwaukee, Phoenix and Boston. He is now expected to provide Toronto with frontcourt depth, effectively replacing Jakob Poeltl as the team’s backup centre.
The 7th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Monroe is not known for his defence, as his lack of mobility makes him ill-equipped to handle today’s bevy of stretch bigs.
However, the Georgetown product has long been an effective, efficient scorer and rebounder, with the ability to feast on smaller bench units. His 2017-18 per-36 minute averages of 18 points and 12 rebounds are in line with his career per-minute averages. Monroe also shot .565 from the field last year, though he did not attempt a three-pointer.
In contrast to Poeltl, Monroe is also an excellent passer for a centre, averaging a career-high 3.9 assists per-36 minutes last season. He could fit in well with Nick Nurse’s expected emphasis on ball movement, providing a new dimension to the already-strong Raptors bench.