Monroe will help alleviate the void left by big man Jakob Poeltl, who was sent to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan. Monroe will immediately serve as a backup for starting center Jonas Valanciunas. Since the Raptors have historically valued a traditional, back-to-the-basket center, Monroe should see a strong role in new head coach Nick Nurse’s system.
The Raptors’ frontcourt will consist of Valanciunas, Monroe, Serge Ibaka, and Pascal Siakam. Monroe, who has been in the NBA for eight years, has bounced around the league since spending his first five seasons with the Detroit Pistons. Toronto is expected to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and a strong contender for the NBA Finals.
Monroe played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics during the 2017-18 season. He averaged 10.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, and 2.2 APG in 51 appearances.
The big man was part of the 2017-18 Celtics team that journeyed to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games.
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