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He understands #TheTimeline.

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Greg Monroe may not be in Phoenix long. He knows this.

The newest Suns’ acquisition came to Phoenix this week courtesy of a trade with Milwaukee that netted the Bucks famed salon critic Eric Bledsoe. The Suns also grabbed a couple of draft picks in the deal. Picks and youth define #TheTimeline, the Phoenix plan for long-term success. Monroe doesn’t fit into that plan.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has said he’s open to trading the backup big man. When will that happen? Well, don’t contribute to Bright Side Night on January 14th so kids can see Greg Monroe play. But definitely contribute to Bright Side Night, seriously it’s nine bucks this year!

The 27-year-old veteran of eight NBA seasons told Scott Bordow of azcentral sports that he’s realistic about his role with the Suns.

“I just told them I understand the plan they have in place and how they want to approach the season,” Monroe said. “I told them, ‘If you want me to play I’ll always play. I’ll never be one not to want to play. If not we’ll just work together and find the best option for everyone.’ But I’m more than happy to play here.”

Monroe admitted to being surprised that he was trade to the Suns.

“But it’s what we signed up for,” he said. “It can happen to anyone at any moment. My job is to play. That’s what I focus on, and that’s really it. I was surprised, though. I was just trying to get healthy, get back on the floor and help that team (Milwaukee). Now that I’m here I’ll do the same here and if it’s somewhere else I’ll do the same there. My focus doesn’t change.”

Monroe has not played since October 26th thanks to soreness in his left calf. He’s not yet ready to return to the court, and it’s entirely possible he has a new employer before he’s at 100%.

Did I mention Bright Side Night?

Your Phoenix Suns, sans Greg Monroe, are back on the hardwood tonight. The Suns host the Orlando Magic in game number three of a six-game homestand. Tip is scheduled for 6p PT.