One would think that if two players on the same team got charged with felony assault, they’d understand the franchise deeming it necessary that such a pair be split up. Markieff and Marcus Morris aren’t just any two players though, they’re twins, and the former is still angry over the latter getting dealt in the offseason.
Marcus is now in Detroit, yet he’s just as present at Suns workouts as Markieff, who’s nowhere to be found as the team’s nucleus has gathered extra early to get over the hump and into the playoffs. According to Paul Coro, all of the team’s important young players are present, save for Markieff.
An overlooked issue appears to be not just his brother getting dealt, but that it was to create cap space to replace both of them, as LaMarcus Aldridge would’ve likely made Markieff expendable. Knowing that, he made it apparent that he wanted to be traded, and isn’t backing off that despite the team wanting him back now that Aldridge is in San Antonio:
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) September 4, 2015
On one hand, his unhappiness makes sense. He developed his game in Phoenix and earned an extension, only to see the team essentially implode last year, makeover the roster and then try to replace him.
He has little leverage, but that doesn’t make this any easier for Suns management as they try to regroup with a reshuffled core after the Goran Dragic fiasco. Phoenix may have to choose between placating his desire for a trade and bringing him back knowing he’ll be miserable in what feels like, while maybe not a make or break year, certainly a pivotal one for the Ryan McDonough/Jeff Hornacek regime.