Greg Monroe’s stint with the Phoenix Suns has come to an end.
It has been reported that the veteran big man is not inside Talking Stick Arena with the team on Wednesday night, as he and the team have already reached a buyout, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. He will be available for teams to pick up once he has signed all papers, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a contract buyout with Greg Monroe, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 1, 2018
Since being traded to the Suns earlier this season as part of the deal that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks, the 27-year-old Georgetown product has not been able to see showcase his skill set and only played sporadically. However, the timing development can also be considered quite ironic, as the Suns are currently shorthanded in their frontline and with still a week to go before the February 8 deadline.
Monroe appeared in 20 games for the Suns, starting in 14 of them. He averaged decent numbers of 11.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 23.3 minutes per game. He was originally thought as a buyout candidate as early as when he arrived in the desert, but the team held on to him to see what he can contribute to their cause. With a multitude of big men in their fold though, they now ultimately chose to part ways with him.