Suns forward Markieff Morris is set to become the latest athlete to learn that rarely in sports do players hold the leverage over teams. Days after the NFL’s Kam Chancellor ended his futile holdout, Morris will attend Suns camp, according to David Aldridge:
Thought still unhappy in Phoenix, @Keefmorris will report to Suns’ training camp next week, per sources.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 25, 2015
ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou reports the Suns are expecting nothing less. Quotes within Grialou’s post from Suns GM Ryan McDonough paint the picture of an organization that has taken a “too bad, so sad” stance. Most notably, McDonough said, “The summer hasn’t gone how we hoped it would in regards to him. I’m certain it hasn’t gone how he wanted it to go in terms of the situation with trading Marcus to Detroit, but it is what it is.”
Not only was Markieff’s twin Marcus dealt to the Pistons, but the team heavily pursued LaMarcus Aldridge, which means the Suns were looking for an upgrade at Markieff’s position. He revolted as much as he could, proclaiming his unhappiness via Twitter and the media, as well as not showing up for early workouts that were widely attended by his teammates. Morris is a good player, he’s just not good enough to hold the requisite pull to force his way out of town, especially not as he (and his brother) are still dealing with felony assault charges.
As Chancellor learned, an extended holdout doesn’t help the bank account, and despite Morris still wanting out of Phoenix, the only way that happens is if he reports and fits in long enough for McDonough to find a worthy trade package.