10-Year Veteran Big Man Re-Enters The Free Agent Market

With a revitalized demand for centers at this year's trade deadline (Jakob Poeltl, Nerlens Noel, Naz Reid and Mo Bamba among those who've been in plenty of trade rumors), another veteran big man is now a free agent once again, as 10-year vet Greg Monroe has severed his ties to the Shanxi Loongs of the Chinese Basketball Association. 

The big man averaged 11.7 points and 5 rebounds in 10 minutes per game for the Loongs.

Monroe bounced around the NBA last season on 10-day contracts, playing for no less than four clubs, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz. 

The 32-year-old has career averages of 13 points and 8.2 rebounds in 27 minutes per game over 646 NBA contests. His last productive season, however, came in 2017-18, when he scored 10.3 points to go along with 6.9 rebounds and 56.5% shooting from the floor, in 20 minutes per game. 

Monroe was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, and averaged over 15 points per game scoring the ball in his first seven years in the league, but fell out of favor in the NBA by 2019 due to a lack of defensive impact and inability to shoot the three, which centers everywhere are adding to their arsenal.

We'll see if he's able to land at least a 10-day contract from a team this season. 

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