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Report: Celtics sign Greg Monroe to 10-day contract

Report: Celtics sign Greg Monroe to 10-day contract

BOSTON -- With injuries, inexperience and the need for rest making the Boston Celtics even more vulnerable when it comes to their frontcourt depth, the team has apparently found a temporary solution. 

Shams Charania of the Athletic says ex-Celtic Greg Monroe has agreed to a 10-day contract with Boston. 

Monroe played 26 games with the Celtics last season, averaging 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.1 minutes per game. 

He appeared in 38 games with Toronto this season before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets who wound up waiving the 28-year-old center. 

Signing Monroe to a 10-day contract makes sense for both the Celtics and Monroe. 

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For Boston, it affords them the opportunity to rest Al Horford and not be overly concerned about the center position with Aron Baynes’ ankle sprain, originally diagnosed as a Grade-2 sprain, apparently not being as severe following an MRI in Boston

He could return as early as Sunday’s game against San Antonio, but the addition of Monroe gives Boston the option of allowing Baynes added time to rest even if he’s healthy enough to resume action. 

And for Monroe, he will get an opportunity to play and in doing so, potentially up his stock in the eyes of potential suitors this summer when he’s seeking to be signed during the free agency period. 

Boston also has rookie Robert Williams III and Daniel Theis at center, but both have had their shares of inconsistent play which made the need for adding a proven, veteran center a necessity in the eyes of the Celtics as they try and close out the season playing well, with momentum heading into the playoffs. 

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Celtics: Terry Rozier, Daniel Theis expected to be available vs. Hawks

Celtics: Terry Rozier, Daniel Theis expected to be available vs. Hawks

The Boston Celtics had three players listed as questionable with illnesses ahead of their Saturday afternoon clash with the Atlanta Hawks. However, it seems that most of their players are starting to feel better.

According to NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg, Terry Rozier and Daniel Theis will be able to suit up on Saturday. Guerschon Yabusele will be inactive, but he is at the Garden and feeling better.

Rozier returning will give the Celtics their backup point guard back, and it will likely cut down a bit on Kyrie Irving's workload. Against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, Irving logged 38 minutes. With Rozier back in the fold, he will probably see a slight decrease as the coaching staff tries to keep him fresh.

As for Theis, he will slide into his role as a backup big once again. He will likely be behind Aron Baynes, but he should still see the floor unless rookie Robert Williams takes minutes from him. With Theis out last game, Williams played seven minutes.

The return of Rozier and Theis will likely push Semi Ojeleye out of the rotation for the time being. Ojeleye only logged two minutes for the Celtics against the Kings.

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Three Celtics players questions vs. Hawks with illnesses

Three Celtics players questions vs. Hawks with illnesses

The Boston Celtics are collectively battling an illness as a team. While some have been able to beat it, others have had to miss time.

Terry Rozier and Daniel Theis both missed Thursday night's win over the Sacramento Kings due to the illness. Now, they are both questionable for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, along with Guerschon Yabusele, per the Celtics' official injury report.

If the trio of questionable players are all out against Atlanta, the Celtics will likely use a similar rotation to the one they used on Thursday. Kyrie Irving held down at the fort at point guard, playing 38 minutes at the position, while Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Aron Baynes played significant roles off the bench.

Semi Ojeleye and Robert Williams were also worked into the rotation very sparingly, but they only combined for nine minutes.

It's unlikely that Yabusele's potential absence will have much of an impact on the rotation. Since Feb. 1, Yabusele has played in just six games, averaging just 3.5 minutes per game in those outings. And even with a short rotation last game, he didn't see the floor.

The Celtics take on the Hawks in a rare 12:30 p.m. game at TD Garden on Saturday.

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