Greg Monroe Trade Rumors: Suns 'Likely' Looking to Move Center

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2017

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends as Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) works to the basket during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Greg Monroe reportedly may not be long for the desert.

According to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns "will likely explore trade possibilities" after acquiring Monroe Tuesday in a trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks

Wojnarowski added it's "unlikely" Monroe will be with the Suns through season's end since he's on an expiring deal. 

On top of that, Monroe's not a natural fit in a logjammed Suns frontcourt that also includes Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Jared Dudley, Alex Len and Tyson Chandler

In other words, the rebuilding Suns made Tuesday's move in order to acquire a future first-round pick and second-round pick from the Bucks. 

According to the team's official press release, "Milwaukee's first-round pick will convey to the Suns in 2018 if in the range of 11-16 overall, in 2019 if in the range of 4-16, in 2020 if in the range of 8-30 and in 2021 will be unprotected if it has not yet been conveyed. The Suns will receive Milwaukee’s second-round pick in 2018 if in the range of 48-60 overall."

Monroe, then, represents another asset that could help the Suns acquire additional draft considerations before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. 

The move would also have potential cap ramifications. 

According to ESPN.com's Bobby Marks, trading or buying out Monroe would likely send the Suns back below the salary cap floor after they moved $540,000 over it by acquiring the eight-year veteran on Tuesday. 

Monroe, 27, is averaging 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds on 48.5 percent shooting from the field through five appearances this season. 

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