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Greg Monroe selling New Orleans home, perfect for Zion Williamson

Greg Monroe selling New Orleans home, perfect for Zion Williamson

Hey Zion Williamson, we hear you may be moving to New Orleans and we have the perfect starter home for you. Sixers center Greg Monroe has put his house on the market.

Monroe played in just three regular-season games for the Sixers but had a slightly bigger role in the playoffs, playing in 10 games and starting one. He has played for six NBA teams during his nine-year career, and I guess he thinks it’s time to move out of his beautiful home, on the banks of a golf course, in his hometown of New Orleans.

Purchased for $837,000 in 2013, Monroe has listed the house for $874,500. This five bedroom, 5.5 bath estate, located in a country club, features beautiful views and ample closet space. The house has very high ceilings, perfect for Monroe’s 6-foot-11 stature, or perhaps, someone six-foot-seven, like Zion, who also has a very high ceiling himself.

Monroe has made more than $73 million in his NBA career, and at only 28 years old, perhaps he’s looking to land somewhere a little more permanently as his next destination.

The aspect of the home that is most striking, however, is the Batman mural in what looks to be a room at the back of the home.

Here’s a look at some more photos of a home that could be yours, or maybe Zion’s, if you’ve got the cash and a love for the Dark Knight.

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2019 NBA free agent targets: Looking for insurance if Sixers lose Tobias Harris and/or Mike Scott

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2019 NBA free agent targets: Looking for insurance if Sixers lose Tobias Harris and/or Mike Scott

The Sixers ultimately hope that they can bring back Tobias Harris and Mike Scott to solidify the power forward position. If they lose one or both, there are a few interesting names on the market.

We’ve already looked at point guards and wings the team could target.

Here are five power forwards the Sixers could look at in free agency.

Paul Millsap

Millsap is a decent player who was signed to a non-team friendly contract. He’s 34, but still a very useful NBA power forward. He is an average shooter from three, a good rebounder, a decent passer for his position and a strong, intelligent defender. If Tobias Harris walks, Millsap could make sense as a guy that will be comfortable in a secondary role. It’s not a super sexy signing, but he could be a decent starter while likely being a fifth option offensively and solidifying things on the other end. He also offers versatility as a small ball five or a big wing in the right matchup.

Marcus or Markieff Morris

Marcus and Markieff are obviously their own people, but the twin brothers from Philly have a very similar skill set. The biggest difference is that Marcus is a much more consistent shooter from three for his career, but Markieff is at least a league average shooter. Both will supply you with toughness and experience. Marcus actually had a pretty substantial role for the Celtics last season while Markieff’s season was marred by injury. Either would be a nice addition either to start if Harris walks or in a bench role if Scott walks.

Rudy Gay

Gay could always score the basketball, but with the Spurs, he’s become a smarter and more willing defender. He shot over 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, both career highs. He’s also a decent passer and does have some ability to create his own shot. You could look at him as an older, but cheaper version of Harris. It’ll be interesting to see what Gay earns on the open market entering his age-33 season. If the Sixers are looking for a short-term commitment, Gay could be the option here.

Maxi Kleber

You may not have seen much of Kleber in Dallas. When you look at his stats, you won’t be overly impressed, but this guy can play. He’s an excellent on-the-ball defender in the post and finished 11th in the NBA in block percentage. Kleber is great at challenging without fouling. He also hit 35 percent of his threes. He’s the type of player that can play next to and also back up Joel Embiid. If you’re unable to bring back Harris, signing a combination of Kleber and Patrick Beverley would give the Sixers one of, if not the best, defensive starting lineups in the league.

Jeff Green

Green is what he is. He’s a long and skilled player that has never quite put it together consistently in the NBA. But he’s a switchable defender and has playoff experience. He shot 34.7 percent from three, his highest mark from distance since 2012-13. He’ll enter the season at 33 and he likely won’t command more than the veteran minimum. Again, not the sexiest signing, but it’s nice to have a veteran that at least knows what to do if you need him.

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2019 NBA free agency rumors: Rockets reportedly plan to pursue sign-and-trade with Sixers for Jimmy Butler

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2019 NBA free agency rumors: Rockets reportedly plan to pursue sign-and-trade with Sixers for Jimmy Butler

Well, at least one team is trying to throw a wrench in the Sixers’ attempt to #RunItBack.

The Rockets plan to pursue Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade with the Sixers when the NBA’s legal tampering period begins Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

There’s a lot to untangle here. Woj is not saying that the feeling is mutual or that the Sixers would be inclined to go through with the deal. He said “if” Butler wants to go to Houston and “if” he can talk the Sixers into it. That’s two pretty big “ifs.” Woj also said the Sixers plan to “be aggressive” in re-signing the four-time All-Star.

From the Sixers’ perspective, it makes little sense to do a sign-and-trade. In order to make the money work, you’d have to take back the contracts of Eric Gordon and Clint Capela. Gordon is not the same player he once was — which is why the Rockets would be willing to move him — and Capela would be a backup center making an average annual salary of $18 million. You could theoretically flip Capela, but that’s a dicey option. The Sixers would be in a better spot by just allowing Butler to walk and use the cap space to re-sign Tobias Harris and JJ Redick and perhaps another free agent.

For Butler, there is an appeal in wanting to play for the team he grew up watching and alongside two future HOFers. But the Sixers just seem like a better fit on the court and money wise. The situation on the Rockets seems combustible. Chris Paul has reportedly asked to be dealt and it’d be interesting to see how Butler would react to James Harden’s play on defense. The Sixers can also offer Butler a five-year, $190 max deal because they own his Bird rights. It’s unclear how much Houston can actually give Butler with their murky cap situation — though GM Daryl Morey has navigated such situations before.

Butler has said repeatedly that his decision in free agency won’t be based on money.

“You always want to be able to win, I think that’s key for sure,” Butler said during his exit interview. “You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it. For me, as long as I got my people with me, they’re happy, they’re smiling and we’re waking up knowing were getting to work in an environment where we’re having fun … we get it, we understand.”

Does that sound more like Houston or Philadelphia? Buckle up, Sixers fans. This is just the beginning.

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