Friday, February 19, 2016

Markieff Morris sent to Wizards


— A week after scuffling with a teammate, forward Markieff Morris was traded Thursday by the free-falling Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards, a team hoping to boost its chances of making the playoffs.

Phoenix received a first-round draft pick and forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair in exchange for the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Speaking to reporters while riding a hoverboard on his way out of the Suns’ arena Thursday, Morris expressed his thanks to that team and said: “I’m just ready to move on.”

The move ends a tumultuous tenure in Phoenix for Morris, who was suspended for two games in December after throwing a towel at since-fired coach Jeff Hornacek during a game. And then, during a first-quarter timeout in the Suns’ most recent game, a 112-104 home loss to the league-leading Golden State Warriors last week, Morris got into a physical confrontation with Archie Goodwin on the sideline, exchanging shoves.

“Sometimes little brothers and big brothers get into it,” Morris said that night. “That’s what happened — wrong place, wrong time.”

In his fifth NBA season, all with Phoenix, Morris, a former Kansas University standout, was third on the Suns in scoring at 11.6 points per game and also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Last season was his best in the league, averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. He also tied with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook for the most technical fouls in the NBA at 15.

Morris’ contract is worth $8 million per year.

Morris never seemed to get over being upset about the Suns trading twin brother Marcus to the Detroit Pistons in the offseason, making clear that he wanted to leave Phoenix, too.


RJ King 6 years, 3 months ago

"We needed a jolt," Grunfeld said about the move. He meant jerk.

Doug Longstaff 6 years, 3 months ago

People can say whatever they want about Markieff. To me, it says something about management that they clearly didn't understand what they had and what one trade would do to their team. You (as management) can blame Markieff for sabotaging the team, or you can look at yourself in the mirror and say, "My team is much worse than a year ago. My coach couldn't control it. Maybe I did something wrong."

The twins have a long history of making mistakes. But I don't think it's totally fair to pin everything that happened in Phoenix on Kieff. At the end of the day, it's up to management to know their players and push the right buttons to make it work. Clearly, somebody misjudged Markieff and what that trade would do to him. You can say "be professional and do your job." Or if winning is important to you, you take the time to understand your personnel. The Suns completely blew what was a good thing building there.

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 6 years, 3 months ago

clearly bad management if they didn't know F.O.E. how could you not know your players?

John Boyle 6 years, 3 months ago

Twins should never be separated unless they are conjoined and then let Dr. Carson do it.

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