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Kevin O’Connor: Marcus Morris and the Knicks have everyone’s attention, but the Pistons have also received calls from multiple contenders for his brother, Markieff Morris. The Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Sixers, and Celtics are among those teams interested in Markieff Morris, per league sources.
Knicks Videos: “I want to be here long term” ➡️ Marcus Morris
Asked which Wizard might be the easiest to trade, the executive said that Markieff Morris, in the final year of his contract, would be a welcome addition to a contender seeking a versatile big man who brings toughness. But the Wizards would seek a first-round pick for Morris, and the executive doubted that teams would be willing to cough up a first-round pick for a few months of Morris.
Chris Mannix: Picked up while reporting out just posted Butler column: Several teams–including Philly–keeping a close eye on Washington. Not for Wall/Beal deals, but the Green/Morris/Oubre role player types the free falling Wiz could be open to move.
In talking to multiple persons with knowledge of the situation as recent as Wednesday afternoon, the Wizards remain determined to keep their core intact which means Beal stays put with John Wall, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat, Kelly Oubre and Otto Porter.
About two minutes before the Morris deal was reported by The Vertical, Wizards vice president Tommy Sheppard called Wall with the news. Wall had made it known to reporters on Wednesday that he hoped the team would acquire a quality stretch forward to help spread the floor. At the time, he knew the Wizards were interested in Morris and New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, but he never suggested to the front office that it needed to make a move. “From watching the games, they should be able to see,” Wall told The Vertical.
The Markieff Morris saga in Phoenix is over, much to the relief of what’s left of the Suns fan base. The Suns sent the unpopular power forward to the Washington Wizards, minutes before Thursday’s trade deadline. Seven months earlier, they shipped his twin brother, Marcus, to the Detroit Pistons. “I think Markieff will play well in Washington but I think for all parties involved it was time for a fresh start,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said Friday. “I think this trade hopefully will bring a breath of fresh air into our organization.”
Markieff Morris was practicing with the Suns on Thursday when the deal was made and he left the floor early after hugs and goodbyes with his teammates. Morris’ exit leaves P.J. Tucker as the only Suns player who precedes Ryan McDonough’s tenure as general manager.
Humphries, 31, will join the Suns on Friday for his seventh NBA stop in 12 seasons and play for the team while Blair, 26, is expected to be waived. Humphries and Blair each have 2016-17 team options that become guaranteed June 30. Without their contracts, the Suns could approach $40 million of salary-cap space in July if the salary cap rises as expected.
The Washington pick is top-nine protected through 2021, but the Wizards currently have the 12th-worst record and figure to improve with Morris, who will be a motivated performer like he was in five games as a starter since former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek was fired. Tied for the league’s third-worst record, the Suns could have four picks in this draft’s top 35.
Rashad Mobley: Per the Wizards PR, Markieff Morris is officially a Wizard now.
Michael Lee: Ernie Grunfeld said #wizards did research on Markieff & believe he’ll fit in despite troubles in PHX. “He’s going to have a clean slate…with us.”
The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire a first-round pick, center/forward DeJuan Blair and forward Kris Humphries from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Markieff Morris. “Today we added another first-round pick to our collection of picks while keeping our young core intact,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “We are excited to watch this group of players continue to develop and grow together.”
Marcin Gortat: Welcome to #wizards Markieff Morris!!! Looking forward to see u son!
Marcin Gortat: Now we need Steve Nash and Grant Hill and we Gonna Have Phx Class 2011/12!!!!
Jorge Castillo: Suns aren’t keeping both DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries, per source. They’ll waive one.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Wizards send DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and future first-round pick to the Suns for Markieff Morris, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Paul Coro: The Suns traded Markieff Morris to the Wizards for a protected 2016 first-round draft pick. It is protected Nos. 1-9.
David Aldridge: Suns get a protected first-round pick from Washington—the same deal they got from the Wiz for Marcin Gortat a couple of years ago.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Phoenix has traded Markieff Morris to the Wizards, reports @ShamsCharania and @WojVerticalNBA.
“Happy where I am now and we’ll see what happens,” Markieff Morris said. “It’s a part of the game. I’ve learned that this past two years. A lot of stuff is going to happen that’s not in my control. All I can do is wait to see if I’m here. If I’m not, I had a couple great years here and I loved it. If I am, keep on moving forward and get better.”
Morris said he spent the All-Star break in Las Vegas, working out with his twin brother, Marcus, at Impact Basketball to stay sharp during a respite that was extended to a week this year. He left the Valley but could not escape the specter of a potential trade. “Just weighing on my shoulders,” Morris said. “Happy when it’s over.”
Multiple teams who have made pitches for Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris suggest a first-round pick hasn’t been enough to engage the Suns in trade talks. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has been pursuing a package that includes a younger player and a first-round pick, league executives said. The Suns are motivated to honor Morris’ desire for a trade – and have no intention of bringing him back next season – but teams are starting to think the Suns could hold onto Morris past the Thursday trade deadline without a deal that brings back a player of value with a first-round pick.
The Raptors are chasing a power forward this week. Sources say Brooklyn’s Thaddeus Young, New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, Denver’s Kenneth Faried and the Phoenix duo of Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker have all been pursued this month by the East’s No. 2 team.
Teams are intensely focused on how Markieff could impact the chemistry and character of their locker rooms. For teams involved in this process, the examination of their own locker rooms is crucial.
Brian Windhorst: “From what I’m hearing, they [Raptors] are pretty aggressive in the trade market. They are looking for power forwards: I’ve heard them attached to Thaddeus Young, I’ve heard them attached to Kenneth Faried, I’ve heard them attached to Markieff Morris.”
Last week ESPN reported the Raptors were looking into Suns forwards P.J. Tucker and Markieff Morris and while the source is credible, it should be noted that Toronto’s front office doesn’t leak that sort of information – they haven’t since Ujiri took over. If it’s not coming from the Raptors, it’s likely coming from the Suns, or an agent, both of whom could be using the report for leverage.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, it appears the Suns’ latest insertion of Markieff Morris into a prominent rotation role is a last ditch effort to showcase their former building block’s worth in order to drum up value. The question is, will any team bite the bait? We’ll see, as well if a team is willing to give Phoenix anything of true value in return when the inevitable trade occurs.
Marc Stein: Toronto, I’m told, also showing interest in Suns’ Markieff Morris; PHX widely seen as a LOCK to do at least one deal before Feb. 18 deadline
Marcus Morris has said he knows what his brother’s wishes are, and that “they haven’t changed,” since Markieff Morris asked last summer to be traded.
Paul Coro: Earl Watson: “I’m going to nurture and embrace Markieff Morris. I’m embracing him. We need him.” Morris might return to starting tonight.
Most rival executives believe it remains a matter of when, not if, Phoenix trades disgruntled swingman Markieff Morris. The Suns, though, stubbornly continue to hold out for stronger offers.
After sitting out six games in an eight-game stretch, including a two-game suspension for throwing a towel in the face of coach Jeff Hornacek, Suns forward Markieff Morris had played five consecutive games before missing Thursday’s contest against the Spurs with a shoulder injury. The Suns are trying to showcase Morris, who has asked for a trade and has been disgruntled since the club traded his brother Marcus Morris to the Pistons. Morris does have trade value because he has a manageable contract for the next three seasons (a total of $24 million), but Morris has to prove he can be a productive player without his brother and also a positive locker room presence. Morris’s best season was 2014-15, when he averaged 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 82 games.
Sources close to the Suns say that they are not going to make a bad deal just to force Morris off the roster, but as the deadline gets closer there is an increasing sense around the league that Phoenix might blink on a deal just to remove the problem from their equation. Morris has returned to the starting lineup, which could help the Suns’ case. However, Morris has been wildly inconsistent in his production, which could hurt the process too.
At points this season, Morris has been linked to the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and Cleveland Cavaliers, but sources close to all three teams said recently that Morris was not a player they’re actively consideration. But as the deadline looms, being a buyer means considering what’s available to buy and Morris is a player who could be had and his price tag may go down inside the next 30 days.
Alex Kennedy: Markieff Morris is back to starting for the Suns. Possibly to showcase him? Whatever the reason, it’s interesting.
That date holds significance in the trade rumor scene, as the Suns were rumored to have interest in a Markieff Morris deal with the Houston Rockets that had Corey Brewer involved, who can’t be traded until Friday. McDonough denied a deal being in place. “We don’t have anything pre-arranged or anything pending,” McDonough said. “I think discussions heated up a little bit in mid-December and then they cooled down around the holidays. “I think talks are getting more serious now. Could we make a trade over the next week or so? Sure, but there’s nothing imminent.”
The status of Morris is the most alluring storyline surrounding the Suns and McDonough was asked if he thinks that there is a chance of Morris being with the team until the end of the season. “Yeah I do,” McDonough said. “He has this year on his contract with three more years remaining. There is time. We’re under no pressure to do anything immediately.”
Influential figures within the Cavaliers’ locker room are open to the notion of trading for disgruntled Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris, cleveland.com has learned. They believe the Cavs can get the most potential out of him in the role he’d be assigned.
However, league sources with knowledge of the Cavaliers’ thinking insist there’s no connection right now between Morris and the defending Eastern Conference champions. I’m told the organization isn’t too keen with the idea, fearing the team chemistry would be ruined.
However, the Suns would now prefer a package of young players or draft picks in any trade for Morris, league sources tell SheridanHoops. Phoenix currently holds the sixth-worst record in the league at 13-27 with point guard Eric Bledsoe out for the remainder of the season. The playoffs look out of reach, even in the weakened Western Conference, and Morris is back in the rotation, having played 27 minutes while jacking up a team-high 18 shots in Tuesday night’s 19-point loss to the Pacers.
Jeremy Harlen: I know you’re down on Kieff but he’s still a skilled PF. Attitude improves once he’s out of PHX and low $/year on that deal. Steve Kyler: I was told by one team linked to him that it was more likely I make their team than Kieff. He is not coveted.
The embattled forward played 20 minutes in his return from a two-game suspension against San Antonio last week, but has not seen a minute of action since then. Tuesday, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said, “We can’t put a guy out there that’s not going to do his best,” which would seem to be an indication that Morris’ time in the Valley may be running out. However, McDonough said there is not necessarily anything close to something happening with him and a possible trade or not.
Marcus talks to his twin daily and acknowledged the trade rumors swirling around the talented power forward. He made it clear his brother’s preference is to be moved to another team. “One thing about Keef is he’s always positive,” Marcus said. “Some stuff might happen a little, but he’s always positive. He’s still looking to get out of there, still looking to go somewhere else. Right now he has to be a pro and continue to take care of his business on and off the court.”
“It’s not like he’s going to read this and say my brother gave me some advice,” Morris said. “We talk every day. He knows what’s best for him. We all know what’s best for him, and what’s best for him is to continue to be professional and continue to work hard on his game. I know he’s doing that day in, day out — regardless of the suspension and what’s going on. He’s a hard worker, and so he will continue to be ready when his number’s called. If he gets traded, he’ll be able to contribute to any team in the league.”
Marcus Morris has been open with his disdain of the Suns organization since he was traded to the Pistons in the off-season. And with the organization in obvious disarray, Morris said the issues are there for everyone to see. “It’s self-explanatory,” Marcus Morris told the Free Press on Tuesday. “You see what’s going on. Sorry to say it, but it’s self-explanatory. I don’t know what’s going on over there. It’s like a (clown) show right now.”
Morris also said Tuesday that he regretted comments he made over the summer, when he used social media and a Philadelphia Inquirer interview to say that he would not return to the Suns. He had requested a trade from Phoenix and told the Inquirer that he was upset he, as “the premier player of the team,” was not informed by the Suns that they were trading Marcus to Detroit in July. “I could’ve did that different based on the fans,” Morris said Tuesday after Suns practice. “I think I owe the fans an apology for saying some of the stuff I said. They deserve better.”
Sources close to the process say that while trading Morris is still an option, the team understands how low his trade value is right now and that moving him would return very little value or – worse yet – contracts that would eat into the Suns expected $20 million in 2016 salary cap space in July.
Sources close to the Suns’ thinking said that the team is prepared to give Morris a chance to reclaim some minutes and help the team; however if there is another issue, the Suns have apparently made it clear they would have no issues suspending Morris for a longer period or sending him home if he continues to be a distraction to the team.
Chris Mannix: Too much bad blood for Markieff to be salvaged in Phoenix, but belief is he can thrive elsewhere, like twin Marcus in Detroit. Asked SVG about Marcus this weekend. Effusive in praise. Said Marcus has been a total pro since and one of the Pistons hardest workers.
“He felt badly about it,” McDonough said. “He realized that he got a little emotional and that the behavior was not acceptable. Obviously, since we traded his brother over the summer, things haven’t gone the way we hoped they would go on or off the court. I’m not going to sit here and beat up Markieff Morris for a bad moment. I think he regrets it.”
Yet it turns out that a trade that intrigues Houston greatly and might well have gone down this week, according to league sources, still can’t happen, thanks to the NBA’s (occasionally) complex trade-eligibility rules. As ESPN.com reported Dec. 6, Houston has serious interest in the Phoenix Suns’ very available Markieff Morris. And a Rockets offer of Corey Brewer and Terrence Jones, sources say, has not only been seriously discussed, the teams could get that deal done. The problem: Brewer isn’t quite clear to be dealt yet. Because the Rockets re-signed Brewer to a salary ($8.2 million) that exceeds his prior salary ($4.7 million) by more than 20 percent — and because Houston is over the salary cap — Houston can’t deal the veteran swingman until Jan. 15 as opposed to Dec. 15.
Morris, 26, asked for a trade in the offseason after the Suns traded his twin to Detroit. The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported the Suns and Pelicans had exploratory talks about swapping Morris and power forward Ryan Anderson, who is in the last year of his contract on an $8.5 million salary. “Not really sure,” Morris said of whether he is being traded. “I’m just playing the role I have right now, cheering my teammates on for the most part.”
Told that a lot of guys would be more upset with the situation and show more frustration, he said, “I’m not a lot of guys. I understand the process. I’m kind of a low-tempered kind of guy, so I ease my way one game at a time. Whenever my number is called, I’ll be ready. I just want to play.”
Tuesday is the first day NBA teams can make trades. The Houston Rockets, despite their recent surge, are reportedly looking to make upgrades to the roster. According to sources, Houston has expressed interest in Phoenix forward Markieff Morris and engaged in discussions with several NBA teams about trading talented but oft-injured forward Terrence Jones. Rockets officials would like to keep Jones.
Backup power forward Ryan Anderson remains aviable trade piece for the Pelicans, sources say. The Pelicans have had exploratory conversations with the Phoenix Suns since last week involving a possible trade involving power forward Markieff Morris in exchange for Anderson, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $8.5 million this season.
At 26, Morris was coming off his best season a year ago and hasn’t yet hit his prime. Phoenix has discussed a deal with Houston for Corey Brewer and Terrence Jones, one source said.
Morris said he did not anticipate being benched, but Hornacek talked to him about it before Sunday’s game at Memphis. “That’s part of the transition,” Morris said. “Coach said he wanted to try something new. I’m just here for when they want to play me and I’m happy we got the win.” Asked if still wanted to be traded, he said: “I’m part of the Phoenix Suns. I’m happy we got the win tonight.” Asked if his relationship with the organization has improved, he said, “I’m happy we got the win tonight.”
The New Orleans Pelicans have emerged as a suitor with interest in acquiring disgruntled Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Suns and Pelicans have had preliminary contact about a potential trade, but Morris’ pending felony aggravated assault charges remain a possible obstacle for virtually every team interested in making a deal, sources told Yahoo. Nevertheless, the Pelicans have significant interest in pairing Morris on a frontline with Anthony Davis.
Q: Are the Rockets really interested in Markieff Morris? A Houston Rocket reporter said Rockets want to keep Terrence Jones for now. Steve Kyler: From what I have been told – Rockets are exploring moves they believe can turn around their season and a Finals run
The Houston Rockets have trade interest in Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, who made multiple trade demands this past offseason, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com the Rockets are in the market for roster upgrades in the wake of their disappointing 10-11 start and have Morris on their list of targets, amid a growing belief around the league that the Suns are indeed prepared to finally move Morris.
Sources told ESPN.com that forward Terrence Jones would likely be included if a trade for Markieff Morris came to fruition, but the options for virtually every team in the league will increase in just over a week’s time, with more than 100 players who signed new deals over the summer becoming trade eligible Dec. 15.
He just didn’t believe his brother’s summer request to be traded would go ignored by the Suns, he said today. “You’re in the league, a player says he doesn’t want to play somewhere, and everybody’s asking him about it, I haven’t really seen too many places that kept the player who doesn’t want to be here,” Marcus Morris said after today’s shootaround for a Suns-Pistons game scheduled at 9:30 p.m. (EST).
But Marcus Morris said in watching Suns games that his brother “doesn’t look happy, I know him, so it is what is. He just don’t look comfortable. He don’t look too excited.”
“I feel like I’m enjoying where I’m at. I hope he goes somewhere where he’s happy, too, so we both can play basketball, get back to playing normal,” Marcus Morris said of his brother. “I’m happy to be a Detroit Piston. I wouldn’t change nothing.”
No way even guessing that, although I gather the Pistons are monitoring the Markieff Morris situation in Phoenix. There is interest there.
Markieff Morris smiles. He talks. He plays basketball. Suns life with a disgruntled, trade-demanding player could not feel much more normal than it has since Morris joined his teammates Monday in Phoenix. As training camp began this week at Northern Arizona University, he tried to put the summer angst behind him. On Monday, he said, “I want to be here.” The about-face sentiment remained Wednesday after practice. Asked if he is happy with his Suns situation, Morris said: “Excited. Happy to be back. Happy to be with my team. I haven’t seen them all summer. We haven’t worked together all summer. I’m excited for the year and I’m excited to get started.”
Only seven of the Suns’ 18 training-camp players have been Morris’ teammates prior to this camp (“I’m used to that,” Morris said). Ronnie Price has not been Morris’ teammate since 2012. Brandon Knight spent only parts of the last two months of last season with him. “It was just like I never left,” Morris said of how he has been received. “Most of the guys I didn’t know, but for the guys I already knew, it’s like I never left.”
Sources close to the situation said that both the Suns and Morris had a lengthy conversation, and both expressed a desire to try and make this situation work. Time will tell if the commitments made yesterday will truly play out for the entire season, but the sense from those involved is that Morris is on board. How long he stays that way remains to be seen.
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September 16, 2021 | 8:36 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: The Shanghai Sharks have signed former NBAers Jimmer Fredette and Noah Vonleh. This will be Fredette’s 5th season with Shanghai. He last played in the NBA in 2019 with the Phoenix Suns. Vonleh was briefly with the Brooklyn Nets last season. This is his first season with Shanghai.
NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex. Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was granted Greek citizenship in 2013, allowing him to travel to the United States and join the Bucks later that year.
“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after the ceremony. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” Antetokounmpo also traveled to Greece in August with his brother Thanassis, carrying the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. He took the trophy to the ancient Acropolis in Athens to celebrate with members of his family.
September 16, 2021 | 8:07 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: Cleaning up some loose ends on TPEs for the Boston Celtics… The Celtics used the Daniel Theis $5M TPE to acquire Kris Dunn in the three-team deal with the Hawks and Kings. That leaves Boston with five current TPEs. Those TPEs and expiration dates are in the next tweet. 1/2
Keith Smith: Current Boston Celtics TPEs: $17,142,857- Evan Fournier – expires 7/18/22 $9,720,900- Tristan Thompson – expires 7/7/22 $5,096,479- Kemba Walker – expires 5/17/22 $500,000- Moses Brown – expires 6/27/22 $370,564- Jeff Teague – expires 2/11/22 Reminder: TPEs cannot be combined together! 2/2
McGee signed a one-year deal for a reported $5 million with the Suns after winning Olympic gold with Devin Booker in Tokyo. With Dario Saric recovering from a knee injury suffered in the NBA Finals, McGee will play a key role as a backup five to Deandre Ayton. “I feel like my game definitely helps Deandre Ayton in a major way just for the veteran leadership alone,” said McGee, 33, a three-time NBA champion who enters his 14th NBA season averaging 7.8 points on 57.1% shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for his career. “Also when he gets into foul trouble and having that veteran big to come in that’s 7 foot, block shots, defend, rebound and does all the intangibles that a real big man does,” McGee continued.