Greg Monroe's brief stay in the desert reportedly is about to end.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns reached a buyout agreement with the 27-year-old center, which would make him a free agent.
Monroe will be placed on waivers Thursday and would hit the open market 48 hours later if he is not claimed, Wojnarowski reported.
Monroe landed in Phoenix from Milwaukee in the November trade that sent guard Eric Bledsoe to the Bucks. In 20 games (14 starts) for the Suns, Monroe averaged 11.3 points and eight rebounds. He did not play Wednesday night in Phoenix's 102-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
The top two teams lining up to speak with Monroe could be Boston and New Orleans, with both clubs missing an injured frontcourt regular (Celtics forward Gordon Hayward and Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins).
The Celtics have a $8.4 million disabled player exception they could use in a bid to bring to in Monroe. The Pelicans, however, might own a built-in advantage in negotiations with Monroe, a Louisiana native. He also might be able to step right into the role vacated by Cousins, who sustained a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon on Friday.
Monroe was a 2010 first-round pick by the Pistons (seventh overall), and he spent five seasons in Detroit. He signed a long-term contract with the Bucks in July 2015, and he will be a free agent after the current season.
In 563 NBA games (415 starts), Monroe has career averages of 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds.
--Field Level Media