Phoenix The Phoenix Suns again have a set of twins on their roster after making a trade to bring Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets.
The move, officially announced by the Suns on Thursday, unites Marcus with identical twin brother Markieff in Phoenix.
Only once before in NBA history have twins played for the same team, when Dick and Tom Van Arsdale were together with the Suns in 1976-77.
The Suns sent a 2013 second-round draft pick to Houston to get Marcus Morris, who was the 14th pick in the 2011 draft. Markieff was the 13th pick overall by Phoenix. The twins played together at Kansas University, and on the same team through all their other levels of basketball until reaching the pros.
To make room for Marcus Morris, Phoenix waived forward Luke Zeller.
Not surprisingly, the brothers were elated with the developments.
“Can’t explain this feeling!!!” Markieff said on Twitter shortly after the trade was made official. On Wednesday night, when news of the trade broke from unnamed sources, Markieff talked about the joy that the reunion will bring.
“I’m super excited,” Markieff said after the Suns lost at Golden State. “It can’t get no better for me. This is what I definitely wanted from the beginning, to be the same as college. I’m just excited to be able to play with him again. Honestly, all of this has been a dream to me. God is blessing it to be better and better for me and him.”
Marcus was considered to be the better of the two coming out of college, but the Suns chose Markieff because he’s a bit bigger — 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds — and fit their need for a power forward. In Houston, meanwhile, Marcus — 6-9 and 235 pounds — had to adjust to playing small forward.
This season, Marcus appeared in 54 games for Houston, 17 as a starter, averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 21.4 minutes per game and hitting 38 percent from three-point range. He had a career-high 29 points against Oklahoma City on Dec. 29. Markieff has had an up-and-down two seasons in Phoenix. This season, he’s averaging 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Markieff is seven minutes older than Marcus.
“We have been intrigued for quite some time about the potential synergy from having both Morris twins on our team,” said Lon Babby, Suns president for basketball operations, in a news release announcing the trade. “So we are excited to have the opportunity to welcome Marcus to the Suns.”