It seems like a certainty that there are more moves coming from the Boston Celtics. Now the only question that remains seems to be what happens if they strike out on rumored top trade targets like Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin.
With Al Horford versatile and well-rounded enough to be able to play either of the power forward or center spots on both ends of the floor, don’t rule a Monroe deal out of the question if Boston can’t pull off one of their more immediate preferences.
Monroe would help to add a scoring punch to a team who struggled greatly in that department last season, and between expiring contracts and a war chest of draft picks, Boston would have the assets to do a deal with Milwaukee without giving up anything that they believed to be truly valuable.
A package comprising of Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko would certainly provide Milwaukee with much better fits than Monroe, and could act as a nice makeweight deal for the Celtics until something better comes around in free agency next summer.
The Celtics are in a spot where they’ll now be eager to get better and show just how competitive they can be, yet their end goal is still having the space to attract major free agents to build their next real contender. A Greg Monroe deal could help them towards the first part of that plan, while doing nothing to hinder the more important second stage.