Source: Sixers to sign veteran center Monroe

The Philadelphia 76ers plan to sign center Greg Monroe on Thursday, a league source told ESPN. The veteran will fill the roster spot created after the team waived center Justin Patton on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Monroe has played in 40 games this season -- 38 with the Toronto Raptors -- averaging 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. A former lottery pick, Monroe was waived by the Brooklyn Nets in February after they acquired him in a deal with Toronto.

The big man most recently secured a 10-day contract with the Celtics, but Boston opted not to retain Monroe's services after he appeared in just two games.

A physical presence with ample postseason experience, Monroe has played in 17 total playoff games, compiling averages of 7.8 points and 4.6 rebounds with the Bucks and Celtics.