Greg Monroe is not headed home.
Monroe, a 6-foot-11 former star at Helen Cox, agreed to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 27-year-old New Orleans native weighed options between the New Orleans Pelicans (27-23) — a middle-of-the-pack Western Conference playoff hopeful — and the Boston Celtics (37-15), the Eastern Conference powerhouse offering the potential at an NBA Finals run and more money.
The Pelicans, who also extended Monroe the opportunity to be the club’s starting center in DeMarcus Cousins’ absence, could only offer Monroe $2.2 million, according to ESPN's report.
Monroe, who has spent time with the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns this season, reached a contract buyout with the Suns earlier this week and is expected to become an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers Saturday.
As a starter, Monroe averaged 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game over six seasons.