Markieff Morris‘s trade demands are no secret (he was fined $10,000 for them), and he hasn’t communicated much with members of the Phoenix Suns organization this summer after his twin brother, Marcus Morris, was traded to the Detroit Pistons during the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge.
Even so, ESPN’s Marc Stein says the Suns have shown little interest in giving in to Markieff’s demands, and Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek is hoping the power forward will change his tune once training camp starts, according to Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com:
“Hopefully he can get here and we can all talk to him. I think once he gets here with the players — and maybe the players can help out in that regard — and realize that, probably like anything else, it happens when you might not be happy with the organization, but you’re a professional, you go out there and you play as hard as you can,” he said.
“Really, when you get out there and start playing games, you’re not playing for the organization, you’re probably not even playing for your coaches, you’re playing for yourself and your teammates because that’s the bond that those guys have as players, so once he gets playing with these guys I think he’ll be okay.”
Hornacek said there has been occasional text message communication with Morris, who’s the only player under contract with the Suns who hasn’t made an appearance at voluntary offseason workouts.
If he’s not traded, Morris is expected to play a key role in Phoenix this upcoming season. He’s coming off a career year in which he averaged 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.