Celtics to sign free agent C Greg Monroe, report says

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The Celtics plan to sign Greg Monroe when the big man clears waivers Friday evening, ESPN.com reported Friday.
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Monroe, bought out by the Suns earlier this week, offers a solution to one of the Celtics’ biggest problems: alleviating some of the stress of losing Gordon Hayward to injury.

Boston can use its $8.4 million disabled player exception it received with Hayward’s injury.

The run won an ESPY, earned Jack a meeting with President Barack Obama and landed him as the grand marshal in the 2013 Nebraska homecoming parade. It also launched a fundraising effort, boosted by the Hoffmans’ continued relationship with Burkhead and the Nebraska football program, that has enabled the Team Jack Foundation to raise more than $5 million for pediatric brain cancer research and treatment.

Last month, the foundation hosted its fifth annual gala for a crowd of 750 donors that featured more than two dozen current and former Nebraska players, including Burkhead, who recently completed his fifth NFL season and first with the Patriots.

It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys — I don’t want to say teams, because that becomes tampering — but people in their respective city want me to play for them, he said. That’s cool I think. That’s dope.

None of this explicitly states James will opt out of his deal and sign with the 76ers, but it has to get fans in Philly excited. The team is loaded with young talent featuring Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Scottie Pippen Jersey and even No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz (if he can recover from whatever is wrong with him).

The Sixers have the cap space to sign James if they make a few moves first. The projected salary cap for next season is $101 million, although that number could change to become larger. Even if it remains, with the luxury tax, the Sixers can easily make this happen.