Apparently wanting to trim the roster even further, the Raptors are unloading Greg Monroe.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Teams are required to carry at least 14 players on standard contracts during the regular season. They can drop below that for two weeks at a time. So, the Raptors will fill their roster soon enough.
They just didn’t value Monroe on it.
Gasol replaces Valanciunas as Toronto’s top traditional center. Serge Ibaka will also continue to play plenty of center. So, Monroe’s spot on the depth chart didn’t really change.
But perhaps the Raptors believe they can upgrade on the buyout market. Several bigs should be available.
By trading rather than waiving Monroe, Toronto will get his entire salary removed from the luxury-tax computation. The cost is the second-round pick.