Fines Rumors

The NBA has fined Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris a sum of $10,000 for publicly demanding a trade. The league’s official announcement Tuesday cited a “public statement detrimental to the NBA.” Sources told that the decision to sanction Morris was clinched after a tweet last week stating that “my future is not in Phoenix.” That tweet followed a lengthy interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer in early August in which Morris announced in regards to the coming season with the Suns: “One thing is for sure, I am not going to be there.”
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Since the 2005-06 season, public trade demands have been deemed by the league to be “statements detrimental to the NBA” and thus subject to fines. The first player to receive such a fine was Metta World Peace, then known as Ron Artest, for publicly requesting a trade from the Indiana Pacers. Trade demands that are reported by the news media but not publicly stated by the player or his representatives — such as Goran Dragic’s camp privately asking for a trade in February and having that wish granted by the Suns days later — are not subject to league sanction. This season will be the first of Markieff Morris’ new four-year, $32 million deal. He is required to report to Phoenix by Sept. 28, with Suns training camp opening the following day, or potentially will face suspension without pay.