BOSTON – Detroit Pistons free agent Greg Monroe did not include the Boston Celtics on the list of teams he’ll visit with on Wednesday, the first day of free agency.
But a league source tells CSNNE.com that the Celtics are by no means eliminated from contention for the big man.
A USA Today report indicated that the 6-foot-11 big man will visit with the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers within the first 24 hours of free agency.
The report also indicated that there was the possibility that Monroe would meet with other teams.
That is indeed expected to be the case, with the Celtics being one of those teams.
Boston will have more than $24 million in salary cap space and are more than open to paying top dollar for one of top big men on the free agent market.
Monroe averaged a double-double of 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season, along with 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 69 games (57 starts).
The Celtics head into the offseason with many needs, among them being a back-to-the-basket big man.
Monroe is not a shot-blocker but his size does provide Boston with a physical presence around the rim that they currently lack.
But landing Monroe won’t be easy when you consider the teams that Boston will be competing with, all afford similar opportunities to the Celtics.
In addition to Monroe, Boston has interest in Tobias Harris and have not totally given up on Kevin Love, either, despite him saying he planned to return to Cleveland next season.
That didn’t stop him from reportedly planning to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers later this week.
The only top-tier free agents that are essentially out of Boston’s reach are Marc Gasol and Jimmy Butler who appear all but signed, sealed and delivered back to Memphis and Chicago, respectively.