The Phoenix Suns have reportedly traded Markieff Morris to the Washington Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears added the Suns would be receiving DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a protected first-round pick for the power forward.
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Raptors Reportedly Will Not Pursue Deal for Morris
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Wojnarowski reported the Raptors were "not interested" in Morris.
Suns' Asking Price for Morris Revealed
Monday, Feb. 15
Wojnarowski provided details on Phoenix's plan for the forward:
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.
Bucher: Multiple Teams Considering Morris
Thursday, Feb. 11
Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported on Team Stream Now that the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons had "expressed interest in acquiring [Morris] should the Suns decide to move [him]."
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Morris' Relationship with Suns Deteriorated After Trade of Brother
It's been a rocky road for Morris and the Suns since before this year began. It all started when his brother Marcus was traded from Phoenix to the Pistons last July in a deal he described as a "slap in the face."
"Everybody knew how bad I wanted to play with my brother," Marcus said, per the Associated Press (via ESPN). "Phoenix knew. For them to trade me without consent or telling or anything like that was kind of like a, I would say slap in the face."
Markieff responded by not showing up to voluntary summer workouts and was fined $10,000 when he requested a trade from Phoenix publicly, per Stein.
Morris and the Suns seemed to move on from that, but in December, he was suspended two games for throwing a towel at head coach Jeff Hornacek, per Paul Coro of AZCentral.com.
Appearing in 37 games this season, Morris has averaged 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, which is on pace for his worst season in the league since 2012-13.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.