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Greg Monroe signing with Celtics despite Pelicans offering him starting role

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Greg Monroe has found a new home after being bought out by the Phoenix Suns earlier in the week, as the center has reportedly reached an agreement with the Boston Celtics.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Monroe will sign a one-year, $5 million contract with Boston. His decision came down to the Celtics and Pelicans, and New Orleans offered him an opportunity to start. However, Boston is in a better position to contend and is able to pay Monroe more than twice as much.

The Pelicans made sense as a suitor for Monroe after DeMarcus Cousins went down, but they landed another big man in a trade on Thursday. Monroe is also from Louisiana, so some believed the thought of a homecoming would entice him.

Monroe, 27, is averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. He’s a great addition to the Celtics and should provide them with excellent frontcourt depth.

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