Mar 9, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) blocks out against Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could Boston target Greg Monroe next summer?

Greg Monroe’s free agency has gone so poorly that writers are already spectating on his free agency during the summer of 2015, assuming he accepts Detroit’s qualifying offer as USA TODAY Sports reported some time ago.

According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports Net, Monroe could be a prime free agent target for the Boston Celtics as the franchise looks to return to the playoffs soon.

From Comcast SportsNet:

Boston will at the very least be on his short list of teams to consider considering their need and the fact they will have significant salary cap space. The appeal for both the player (Monroe) and the franchise is undeniable. … Even with all the additions Boston made this summer, which includes 7-foot Tyler Zeller, the Celtics still could use a big man such as Monroe. … And remember, his agent is David Falk, who already has a trio of clients (Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Evan Turner) on the Celtics roster.

Monroe would be an excellent fit for a Celtics team who is thin in the frontcourt. While there are improvements that need to happen defensively for Monroe to join the best of the best in regards to centers, his offense makes him an attractive fit alongside the likes of Rajon Rondo and Marcus Smart, the two centerpieces for the Celtics. Last season, working in a three-man big-man rotation with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, Monroe averaged 16.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

Some will think Monroe’s prolonged free agency is an indictment of the type of player Monroe is, but he’s an anomaly. The center position is as deep as it was in the 90s which has led to a dried up market. Once you factor in Monroe being a restricted free agent, a label that scares some suitors away, and you’ve a bad situation.

Next summer should be much better for Monroe and if the Celtics think he fits what they’re trying to do in their rebuild, there’s on reason for them to not pursue him.

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