CELTICS NOTEBOOK: Greg Monroe goes right to work

February 10, 2018 - photo frame

After signing his agreement on Thursday afternoon, a Celtics played 20 mins opposite a Washington Wizards and finished his home entrance Friday night.

BOSTON – The watchful diversion finished on Thursday night, and Greg Monroe was prepared to start a new section in his basketball life.

After carrying his agreement bought out by a Phoenix Suns on Jan. 31, Monroe concluded to terms with a Celtics a brief time later, afterwards waited scarcely a week to pointer a contract.

When a trade deadline upheld during 3 p.m. Thursday, a Celtics got Monroe’s name on a dotted line and he played 20 mins in an overtime win over a Washington Wizards during night.

“I knew we was going to play,’’ pronounced Monroe before creation his home entrance with a Celtics Friday night opposite a Indiana Pacers. “(Coach) Brad (Stevens) communicated that to me before a game. That’s my job. I’ll be prepared to play. That’s what we do.

“I felt like we knew a lot of a stuff. One of a coaches (Jay Larranaga) was with me for a integrate of days. we had a playbook so we watched a lot of film and attempted to learn as many plays as we could.’’

Monroe, whose signing was behind since a Celtics wanted to keep a register mark open in box of a trade this week, brings size, inside scoring and flitting to his new team.

He was sealed for $5 million with a organisation regulating a infirm actor difference perceived due to a damage to Gordon Hayward.

Monroe, now in his eighth season, has seemed in usually 6 playoff games, all with a Milwaukee Bucks final season.

The Celtics, who lead a Eastern Conference, will give him a possibility to supplement to that total.

“It’s exciting,’’ pronounced Monroe. “Last year we was means to play in it and a atmosphere was great. I’m looking brazen to removing behind there here. we know here for home games a atmosphere would substantially be unbelievable, so I’m looking brazen to that.

“That’s what many players live for and that’s where we wish to be so I’m looking brazen to it.’’

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge saw a need for assistance in a frontcourt and felt Monroe was a ideal fit.

“We indispensable that position, we felt, going into a playoffs,” pronounced Ainge. “It’s a prolonged deteriorate and we’re an Aron Baynes disfigured ankle divided from personification small centers during core in (Al) Horford and (Daniel) Theis, that we’ve finished this year, though there’s some matchups that we’re going to need stronger bodies.

“So now we have (Aron) Baynes and Monroe during that position.”

No trades: For a third year in a row, a Celtics did not make any deals on trade deadline day.

“There was an thought that we didn’t need to do anything,” pronounced Ainge. “We unequivocally like this organisation of guys, who apparently have been carrying success. We have a unequivocally good, young, core organisation of guys, too, along with Al, so we didn’t unequivocally wish to make a disaster out of that.’’

Ainge pronounced a organisation would be on a surveillance for players to supplement after they have their contracts bought out.

Smart update: Marcus Smart missed his ninth diversion Friday due to a right palm laceration, though Stevens pronounced it is expected he will be sidelined only dual some-more games.

Smart was due to have his hand, that was cut when he punched a design frame, examined on Friday night.

The Celtics play only dual some-more games before an eight-day mangle for a All-Star Game.

Jim Fenton might be reached during jfenton@enterprisenews.com. Follow him on Twitter during @JFenton_ent.



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