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Suns, Greg Monroe Agree To Contract Buyout

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The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a contract buyout with center Greg Monroe, whom they acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eric Bledsoe trade.

Monroe is now an unrestricted free agent.

Monroe averaged 11.2 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes per game with Phoenix and will remain on waivers for 48 hours before officially becoming a free agent, should he go unclaimed.

Teams such as the New Orleans Pelicans and the Boston Celtics are both expected to pursue the veteran big man in free agency.

Boston can utilize it’s $8.4 million disabled player exception that was received after the Gordon Hayward injury.

New Orleans is looking for help in the paint after the injury to DeMarcus Cousins and could be an appealing destination for Monroe, who is a New Orleans native.

Monroe, 27, was making $17.8 million in the final year of his contract.

Monroe has averaged 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds during his career with the Detroit Pistons, Bucks and Suns.

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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Expects to Come off the Bench

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Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown may be returning to action later this week after missing three straight games due to a tailbone injury, but he expects to come off the bench when he finally does return to the court.

“I believe in my ability,” Brown said, according to MassLive’s Tom Westerholm. “Coaching staff believes in my ability. If coming off bench makes sense – people make it a bigger deal than it really is. At end of the day it’s basketball. (Gordon) Hayward came off the bench & had 30 points. It’s a mindset. It’s a choice.”

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Only Wants to Play into Mid-30s in NBA

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Bostons Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving may not have a long storied NBA career, as he plans to hang it up and call it a career far earlier this many may expect.

Irving stated that he only wants to play in the NBA until his early-mid 30s, according to Celtics reported Marc D’Amico.

Irving is the franchise cornerstone for Boston and is posting 22.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game this season for the Celtics.

 

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Celtics Pick Up Options on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Guerschon Yabusele

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The Boston Celtics have opted to pick up their 2019-2020 team options on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Guerschon Yabusele, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

Brown’s fourth-year option guarantees his $6,534,829 cap charge for next season, while Tatum will be locked in for a  $7,830,000 cap hit for the 2019-2020 season, both moves considered to be no brainers given their development.

The decision on Yabusele, who hasn’t shown much of anything over 38 games since joining Boston, is a bit more of a surprise, but the Celtics see something in his to warrant their decision to keep him a part of their team moving forward.

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