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The Phoenix Suns have been terrible for two months and an absolute dumpster fire since late December. Over their last 16 games, they've won just once while posting the league's worst net rating (minus-15 points per 100 possessions).
The loss of Eric Bledsoe for the season to yet another knee injury in late December merely bolded the writing that was already scrawled across the walls of Talking Stick Resort Arena: It's time for general manager Ryan McDonough to hit the reset button.
McDonough's makeover might as well begin with Markieff Morris. This past summer, Morris pouted, both publicly and privately, after the Suns traded his twin brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons. As ESPN's Zach Lowe explained:
Morris' dismay stems in large part from the Suns' decision to trade his twin brother Marcus Morris to Detroit in July. The Morris twins agreed to contract extensions in September 2014 at what was widely considered a discount, with the two deals totaling a combined $52 million, in hopes of being able to ensure they would keep playing together.
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns have already been shopping Morris, with the Cleveland Cavaliers potentially stepping in to facilitate a deal.
Tyson Chandler would be another prime candidate to move, given Alex Len's growth behind him, if not for the former Defensive Player of the Year's age (33), remaining salary (three years, $39 million) and spotty injury history. Phoenix may have an easier time trading P.J. Tucker, who, at 31, has but one non-guaranteed year remaining on his contract.
Whatever the Suns are able to garner for their more veteran pieces, what's most important for them now is to open up opportunities for some of their promising young players, just like the expanded role that rookie Devin Booker has stepped into since Bledsoe went down.