When the Milwaukee Bucks signed center Greg Monroe to a three-year, $51.4 million deal back in 2015, it caught a lot of people around the NBA world by surprise. Then a top-end free agent, Milwaukee didn’t necessarily seem like a top destination.

The idea for the Bucks was to build their fledgling franchise around the former top-10 pick of the Detroit Pistons. That never materialized. And after Monroe saw himself playing a minimal role for the team this season, he was sent to the Phoenix Suns earlier in the week as a cap-filler for Eric Bledsoe (more on that here).

Following the trade, Monroe indicated that he was blindsided by being moved to the desert.

“Blindsided. I honestly didn’t have any clue,” Monroe said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “But it’s what we signed up for. It could happen to anyone at any moment. My job is to play, that’s what I try to focus on and that’s really it.”

We’re not too sure why Monroe was surprised here. He’s long been on the trade block, especially after the veteran saw himself relegated to bench duties for the Bucks last season.