Boston Celtics management has to wait until Greg Monroe clears waivers before commenting on the team’s latest addition, so Coach Brad Stevens had nothing to say about the veteran center Friday night.

But the signing – the former Pistons, Bucks and Suns player agreed to terms on $5 million of the $8.4 million the Celtics had available – has Marcus Morris excited.

“I think that’s a great pickup for us – a veteran player, knows how to play the game, been around the league for a while. He’ll add to our size down low, scoring ability, great pickup,” said Morris, who missed Friday night’s 119-110 win over Atlanta because of a bruised hip after a nasty fall Wednesday night against New York.

“He’s a big body, so even if he’s not scoring, he’s carving space for other guys to drive. He’s well respected around the league and that goes a long way. He’s definitely a great piece for us going forward.”

The 6-foot-11, 265-pounder averaged 11.3 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes a game with the Suns, who came to an agreement with Monroe to buy out the remainder of his $17.8 million salary.

“He’s just going to stay down low, doing what he does best, rebounding and carving out space for us,” Morris said.


CLIPPERS 113, BULLS 103: Tobias Harris scored 24 points in his Clippers debut, leading host Los Angeles to a win over the Bulls.

Danilo Gallinari also had 24 points, Lou Williams added 21 points and six assists, and Montrezl Harrell scored 14 to help the Clippers win for the third time in four games.

WIZARDS 115, MAGIC 98: Otto Porter scored 20 points and Tomas Satoransky had a career-high 19 to lift Washington at Orlando, Florida.

PISTONS 111, HEAT 107: Andre Drummond had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Griffin made a key 3-pointer in the final minute to lift Detroit at home.

PACERS 100, 76ERS 92: Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 19 points as Indiana won at Indianapolis.