The Phoenix Suns have struggled to break through in the first few months of the season well outside possibly contending for a playoff spot.
According to Scott Bordow of azcentral.com, the Suns could look into potentially parting ways with veteran big man Greg Monroe depending on their decision process with guard Isaiah Canaan.
Don't be surprised if Isaiah Canaan stays on the roster once Booker returns. Logical place to open up a roster spot would be at center, where there's a logjam of three. If Suns go that way, Monroe likely odd man out.
— scott bordow (@sbordow) December 20, 2017
Since being acquired back in early November, Monroe has been productive in limited action for the Suns. In 12 games played with nine starts, he is averaging 11.4 points on 61.1 percent shooting from the field with 8.0 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game. He had become just the 14th player in franchise history to record a double-double in his team debut. The 27-year-old has also picked it up a notch over his last six contests averaging 11.8 points on 62.2 percent shooting from the field with 9.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals.
Despite his fair share of struggles defensively, Monroe has proven to be a capable offensive contributor when given the opportunity. He hasn’t exactly been given the chance to play in an extended role in his first few weeks with Phoenix, and that may only possibly come from another team.
Meanwhile, the fact that he’s in the final year of his three-year, $51.4 million deal making $17.8 million could lend well to the Suns electing to buy out his contract at some point over the coming weeks once Devin Booker returns from his injury. If anything, it’s clear that Monroe isn’t at this moment in the Suns’ long-term plans past this season, which leaves the door to this still being a fluid situation.