The Philadelphia 76ers have made a late move to beef up before the playoffs, by signing free agent big man Greg Monroe.
Veteran center Greg Monroe plans to sign with the #76ers tomorrow, a league source tells ESPN. Philadelphia will waive center Justin Patton and Monroe will then sign.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 3, 2019
Monroe has been bouncing around the top Eastern Conference teams this year. He began the season with the Toronto Raptors, but was traded at the deadline to save cap space. After the Brooklyn Nets waived him, Monroe signed with the Boston Celtics.
Despite playing for the Celtics past the March 1 deadline, Monroe will be eligible to play in the postseason for the Sixers. That’s because Monroe only over signed a 10-day contract with Boston, which then expired.
Since the veteran big man’s contract expired, and he wasn’t waived from a longer contract, he’s playoff eligible with his new team.
For Philly, this could mean one of two things. It could simply be an NBA Finals contender adding some veteran depth prior to the playoffs, or it could mean the team is worried about the health of Joel Embiid.
Either way, this move won’t move the needle should they meet the Golden State Warriors in the Finals.