As the NBA regular season draws to a close, there has been talk of how the Utah Jazz could fill their last spot on the roster.
Will it go to Trent Forrest, who is well past his two-way contract but must be on a standard contract to be eligible for the playoffs and has been injured (the latest being an ankle injury he suffered on Wednesday evening)?
Maybe Greg Monroe, who was solid on a 10-day contract and would bring a veteran presence to the playoffs?
Early Thursday morning, Monroe’s question was answered in the negative, as Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Monroe will sign for the remainder of the season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who still have a chance to qualify for the top seed. 6 in the Western Conference and avoid tournament play but are guaranteed at least the 7 seed.
Center Greg Monroe will sign a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of the season, sources say @TheAthletic @Stadium. Monroe had productive stints in Minnesota, Washington, Utah and Milwaukee this season, completing a 10-day spell with the Jazz on Wednesday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 7, 2022
The Jazz signed Monroe, 31, on March 28 as they faced injuries to their two backup centers, Hassan Whiteside and Udoka Azubuike (Whiteside is back, while Azubuike is out for the remainder of the season). season).
Monroe ended up playing in three of the Jazz’s five games while under contract, and he averaged exactly 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist in exactly 9 minutes per appearance.
Monroe’s move marks a return to Minnesota, where he had a 10-day contract earlier this season and played three games, averaging exactly 21 minutes per game.
And that leaves the Jazz with one less option on how they will fulfill their final playoff spot if they choose to do so.