HoopsHype Markieff Morris rumors

May 18, 2012 Updates

Morris averaged 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in 19.5 minutes per game this season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from 3-pointers. He was targeted for toughness, rebounding and defense and supplied each of them to some degree, coming with a heaping supply of fouls. Morris committed 7.0 fouls per 48 minutes, tied for the sixth highest rate in the NBA with company from teammates Robin Lopez (ninth) and Sebastian Telfair (13th). “I definitely could have done a lot better,” Morris said after the season. “I fouled too much. It just comes with getting stronger and learning the game more. I was playing with my hands too much and trying to be too aggressive on defense.” Arizona Republic

Morris knows the organization is vested in him and has shown it will give him opportunities. Morris got seven starts as a rookie, taking the first one when he was ill. He averaged 4.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 fouls and 1.6 turnovers in his starts while shooting 33 percent. “I’ve got one year under my belt now,” Morris said. “If it happens next year, I’ll be ready for it.” Arizona Republic

March 27, 2012 Updates

AND 1 has announced the signing of NBA rookies and twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris to 3-year endorsement deals. After starring together at Kansas, the Morris twins were selected with back-to-back picks in the 2011 NBA Draft—Markieff by the Phoenix Suns at No. 13 and Marcus next to the Houston Rockets. SLAM

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Now a forward with the Phoenix Suns, Warrick said he had no trouble finding players to take part in the game, as he quickly assembled a Team Philly roster of Marcus and Markieff Morris, John Salmons and Wayne Ellington among others. The Philadelphia roster is set, Warrick said, but the team has yet to appoint a coach. “I didn’t have to sell it at all, it came to a point where I was hoping that some people would turn me down because we we’re getting too many people,” said Warrick. “It wasn’t a tough sell to go out there and play for your city. For a lot of these guys that grew up in the Philadelphia-area, basketball is a big thing, and you don’t want to get embarrassed.” Philadelphia Inquirer

September 7, 2011 Updates

Phoenix Suns rookie forward Markieff Morris is still considering playing overseas, according to Morris’ agent Tony Dutt, who said conversations with a couple of the top teams in Europe and China are “ongoing” in an email to ValleyoftheSuns Tuesday. Valley of the Suns

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European clubs are built with veteran players who are well-versed in team basketball and drilled in fundamentals. It is rare that any team, particularly a Euroleague power, reaches out to an American rookie but Panathinaikos is pursuing Morris to fill a power forward void. Morris' agent, Tony Dutt, said talks with Panathinaikos are "moving along" but nothing is imminent. Dutt said he would pursue an out clause so that Morris could return to the Suns if the lockout ends. It is not clear whether Panathinaikos, the Euroleague's defending champion, would be willing to risk a midseason personnel loss to do that. Arizona Republic

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An impending lockout nixed those plans, prompting the Suns to hold a minicamp Wednesday. First-round pick Markieff Morris and former New Jersey first-round pick Sean Williams will work out with other players who went undrafted or have played in Europe or the D-League. Undrafted invitees include Butler power forward Matt Howard, Ohio State swingman David Lighty, Washington power forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Colorado guard Cory Higgins and Tulsa off-guard Justin Hurtt. Howard and Hurtt worked out previously for the Suns. Arizona Republic

June 28, 2011 Updates

The Suns are holding a free agent minicamp Wednesday to take a look at their first-round pick, Markieff Morris, and a mix of undrafted rookies as well as pros who have competed in Europe or the D-League. The most well-known name in the group is Sean Williams, the former first-round pick of New Jersey whose talent was offset by troubles that date back to when he was Jared Dudley's teammate at Boston College. Arizona Republic

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Every year, the NBA tips its hand as to who it believes are the top 14 or 15 prospects in the draft with its annual "green room" invitations. These players are invited by the league to sit in a special room with their families and agent on draft night. When their names are called, they leave the room and go up on stage to shake commissioner David Stern's hand. This year's invitees to the June 23 draft: Kyrie Irving (Duke); Derrick Williams (Arizona); Enes Kanter (Turkey); Brandon Knight (Kentucky); Kemba Walker (UConn); Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely (Czech Republic); Kawhi Leonard (San Diego St.); Chris Singleton (Florida St.); Klay Thompson (Washington St.); Tristan Thompson (Texas); Jimmer Fredette (BYU); Marcus Morris (Kansas); and Alec Burks (Colorado). A 15th name has been added -- Markieff Morris of Kansas. Markieff is Marcus Morris' twin and also widely considered to be a top 20 draft pick. ESPN.com

June 15, 2011 Updates

In other words: Morris not only knows what appeals to Philly fans, but also what the Sixers need. Needless to say, if he can persuade the Sixers into picking him, he’ll do it. Of course he has already worked out for nine other teams and will visit with four others before draft day, but a trip home (and a night in a hotel, too) was worth it. “I can help the team. I’m a stretch four and I’m tough. I have that Philly pride, so, they like that about me a lot,” he said. “It was a good workout. I definitely wanted to impress these guys as much as possible.” CSNPhilly.com

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