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Report: Raptors trade Greg Monroe to Brooklyn

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The Raptors are sending their backup big man to the Nets, along with a second-round pick

NBA trade deadline 2019 Report: Raptors trade Greg Monroe to Brooklyn Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets have beat the NBA trade deadline buzzer in a late deal, one that sees Toronto sending Greg Monroe, along with a second-round pick, to the Nets.

The Raptors received nothing back except cash considerations, which makes this the second cost-savings move in as many days. A bit odd to see the team both making all-in moves, and making cash-saving moves at the same time — especially moves that leave the roster as thin as it is.

How thin? This leaves the Raptors with only 10 players on the roster! NBA CBA requirements mean the Raptors must now fill three roster spots in the next two weeks, though they will certainly look to move faster than that.

Buyout candidates are already starting to become available, and of course the Raptors have Chris Boucher and Jordan Loyd on two-way deals to help fill out those spots. We’ll see what the organization does over the next few days.

Greg Monroe appeared in 38 games for the Raptors this season, averaging just under five points on 46% shooting, along with 4.1 rebounds. He was expected to fill a third-string centre role, but was pressed into extended duty when Jonas Valanciunas went down with his thumb injury.

Early word is the Nets intend to buy Monroe out, so his final destination remains to be seen.