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Celtics add Greg Monroe, Raptors add Jodie Meeks

Two Eastern Conference powerhouses are adding reinforcements for the playoffs.

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It’s the time of year where NBA teams start adding as many reinforcements as possible in their quest to catch the front-runner - in this case the Golden State Warriors.

Two teams in play to win the East, and a potential matchup with the Warriors in the NBA Finals, just added established veteran contributors to their roster. The Boston Celtics added big man Greg Monroe, while the Toronto Raptors improved their bench depth with shooter Jodie Meeks.

Monroe began the year with the Raptors, but was traded to the Brooklyn Nets at the deadline to shed salary. He was immediately cut by Brooklyn.

Meeks began the year with the Milwaukee Bucks, but was unable to play due to a suspension. As soon as his suspension ended, he was cut. He made his season debut in late February on a 10-day contract with the Raptors, which expired in early March. They apparently liked him enough to bring him back for the rest of the year.

Since neither player was part of another team after March 1, they are both eligible to play in the postseason. However, neither player is very likely to play a big role for their new team.