Monroe mustered five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals across 20 minutes in Thursday's 110-104 OT win in Washington.
The twenty minutes were a surprise considering this was Monroe's first game with his new Boston squad. That said, Monroe's role was clear: score on the block and clog the lane on defense. Monroe's hands were active on the defensive end, but he clearly still needs to develop some chemistry with his new teammates on the offensive side. Monroe's quality passing skills will fit in nicely with Boston, but he'll need time to learn where his teammates are supposed to be on various set plays. Expect Monroe to provide an excellent scoring punch off the bench for the C's.
Monroe will be active for Thursday's contest against the Wizards, though coach Brad Stevens noted that he might not play, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
Monroe may still need some time to get up to speed with the Celtics' gameplan, so it's unclear if he'll be checked into the contest. If he doesn't play, it shouldn't hold weight on his fantasy value, however. Considering the situation, he makes for a risky DFS play.
As expected, the Celtics and Monroe were able to complete the formalities of his recent one-year, $5 million contract. He'll now be able to make his Boston debut Thursday, though it seems likely he'll find some restrictions in his first game with his new team. There's been some speculation that Monroe will ultimately unseat Aron Baynes for a starting role alongside Al Horford. However, until that's officially confirmed, Monroe will likely settle in as one of the go-to options offensively in the second unit. It may take a few games for Monroe to get up to speed either way, so fantasy owners may want to temper expectations a bit for the time being.
Monroe will fly to Washington, D.C. to join the Celtics ahead of Thursday's game against the Wizards, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reports. The Celtics are expected to officially announce Monroe's signing prior to the game.
After having the final year of his contract bought out by the Suns last week, Monroe reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with Boston on Feb. 2. The big man's team debut has been delayed while Boston waited for him to formally clear waivers and opened up a roster spot for him, but it appears Monroe will finally be on the bench Thursday. Look for Monroe to settle into a role as a go-to option on the second unit, though the presence of capable frontcourt options in Al Horford, Aron Baynes, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis may limit Monroe's minute counts.
Monroe did not travel with the team to Toronto for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
With there still being no official announcement of the Celtics signing Monroe, coach Brad Stevens is still unable to comment on it, and the big man's status remains in question moving forward. There is still no report as to when Monroe is expected to join the team, but his next chance to make his Boston debut will be Thursday in Washington.
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