Toronto Raptors: Grades from the Greg Monroe signing

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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 4: Greg Monroe

The Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle to a deal with center Greg Monroe. The deal is for one year at the veterans minimum. What grade does the signing receive?

First reported by Shams Charania, of Yahoo Sports, the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal with free-agent center Greg Monroe. The deal is for one year and is at the veterans minimum.

Signing Monroe for only the minimum, rather than any other contract value, has two large benefits. First, due to a CBA rule used to incentivize the signing of veterans,  the league will subsidize about one-third of the contract. Secondly, minimum contracts are much easier to move via trade.

A nine-year veteran, it’s hard to believe that Monroe is only 28 years-old. Watching him on the court you might think the same thing. His game reminds you of the savvy old-man at the YMCA who uses  knack and craft rather than athleticism.

At one point in his career Monroe was a big-time player. Milwaukee fans rejoiced while Knick and Laker fans lamented, as Monroe was signed to a three-year maximum contract with the Bucks. At this point in his career, Monroe is a bench player who can provide a jolt of offense and rebounding.

Monroe split time with three different teams last season, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game. In his final stint with the Boston Celtics, Monroe earned spotty playing time, appearing in 11 of the teams 19 playoff games.

Monroe is the 14th guaranteed contract on the Raptors’ roster and may very well be their last before camp. In fact, it is very possible that team president Masai Ujiri will elect to start the regular season without a 15th player on the roster.

So was perhaps the final signing of the summer worth it? Or did Toronto blow one of their final roster spots on a player of yesteryear? We take a look at what Monroe offers, his fit with the team, and asses an overall grade for the signing.

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