The New Orleans Pelicans are interested in acquiring power forward Markieff Morris, who has publically been on the block since this summer. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the new rumors:
The Suns and Pelicans have had preliminary contact about a potential trade, but Morris’pending felony aggravated assault chargesremain a possible obstacle for virtually every team interested in making a deal, sources told Yahoo. Nevertheless, the Pelicans have significant interest in pairing Morris on a frontline with Anthony Davis.
Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough has been cautious in his approach to fulfilling Morris’ longstanding trade demand, but coach Jeff Hornacek’s benching of Morris on Sunday night could be the beginning of the end for the forward in Phoenix. Morris logged just seven minutes in Phoenix’s 103-101 win over the Bulls on Monday.
Morris falling gout of the rotation certainly won’t help matters and it seems that the relationship is beyond healing here. Markeiff and twin brother Marcus were both charged with felony aggravated assault from an event last January in a legal process which is still ongoing. Suffice to say that it’s not going to add much to the Morris’s trade value.
Neither is the fact that his numbers (11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds) are at their lowest point since his sophomore season. And his Player Efficiency Rating is 9.2, by far a career worst. At this point if you can offload his contract, I don’t see why you wouldn’t. It’s hard to understand why McDonough would be hesitant to make a deal. If the Pelicans are offering a bag of Epson salt, it’s a good idea to take it.
But they won’t have to settle for that. They could get Ryan Anderson back.
The Pelicans’ willingness to part with forward Ryan Anderson could make conversations worth exploring between the two teams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Pelicans are willing to consider moving Anderson as a part of a potential deal for Morris, especially if Anderson doesn’t show an interest in signing a new contract with New Orleans, sources said.
I just don’t see how the Suns would say no to this if it’s a viable possibility.