Philadelphia, PA — The Philadelphia 76ers will be signing center Greg Monroe and waiving center Justin Patton per a report from ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.
Monroe is a 9th-year veteran who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons before signing with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015-2016. He started 67 games for the Bucks his first year there but has predominantly come off the bench since in stints with Phoenix, Boston, and Toronto. This season has played 40 games, 38 with Toronto and most recently two games for Boston.
The journeyman center is known for his post offense. His range doesn’t extend much beyond the paint. He is not known as a rim protector, never averaging more than 0.8 blocks per game despite his 6’11” height. For his career, he averages 8.3 rebounds per game, although this season he is averaging a scant four per game.
Monroe doesn’t provide much that the Sixers need other than another large body on the bench. He has similar drawbacks to Boban Marjanovic defensively, while also being a less efficient scorer. The move gives the Sixers another backup center, but one with more experience in the playoffs than Justin Patton.
Justin Patton was acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade. He spent most of the season working his way back from injury with the Delaware Blue Coats. In 11 games in Delaware, he scored 8.7 points per game while grabbing 5.6 rebounds. He also averaged 2 blocks a game and 1.6 assists.
Despite the decent numbers in Delaware, Patton failed to make much of an impression with the Sixers. He played in three games, largely in garbage time after the outcome was no longer in doubt. He was originally drafted 16th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, but his time in the NBA has been marred by injury. Only 21, Patton should get other chances in the G-League and possibly still has an NBA future.
Moose Mascot Mystery Solved?
Monroe arrives in Philadelphia with the nickname ‘Moose,’ filling the moose void created prior to the trade deadline when the Sixers sent Mike Muscala to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the Tobias Harris trade. Muscala had himself filled the moose sized hole in the Sixers organization since the departure of Phil E. Moose to parts unknown after overwhelmingly winning the Sixers new mascot contest in 2011. Despite winning the contest Phil E. Moose never actually appeared for the team and left many wondering about his whereabouts after his victory. Many believe that he was a victim of the labor strife prior to the 2012 season, but this theory has never been proven. Doug Collins, coach of the Sixers at the time, has refused to comment on Mr. Moose, serving to only deepen the mystery. There is hope that with the signing of Monroe, some of those old wounds will begin to heal.