The Suns just keep taking Ls. They bought out Greg Monroe, a logical move considering everyone’s motivations at the time (even if those motivations were questionable). Phoenix is going nowhere this season, so Monroe – who’d likely leave in free agency next summer – had no place in the present or future there. The Suns want to strike in free agency this summer, so they refused to trade Monroe for long-term contracts (the most questionable motivation). They also determined he couldn’t be useful in a trade (probably correct considering their parameters, but questionably timed, a week before the trade deadline). And, owned by Robert Sarver, Phoenix is a cheap franchise that surely welcomed the immediate savings. Monroe wanted to join a better team. He was dealt to Phoenix in the Eric Bledsoe trade due to his expiring contract, not his on-court fit. So, Monroe surrendered $1.5 million of his remaining salary in a buyout. Then, he signed with the Celtics for $5 million. But the Suns agreed to remove their set-off right while waiving him, standard procedure in a buyout. They saved $1.5 million. Monroe gets his full $5 million from the Celtics. The end. However, if the Suns had just waived Monroe without a buyout – which they could have done unilaterally – they would have saved more money.
Suns cost themselves money by buying out Greg Monroe rather than just waiving him
Pro Basketball Talk | Feb 16