The Phoenix Suns have suspended embattled forward Markieff Morris two games for throwing a towel at head coach Jeff Hornacek during the Suns’ 104-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania. The team soon confirmed the report.
The incident happened after Hornacek pulled Morris in the fourth quarter of another disappointing loss for Phoenix, although he claimed he wasn’t throwing the towel at his coach. The forward had just six points on 2-of-8 shooting in 12 minutes, which continued a season-long slump after he made trade demands in the offseason.
Morris has seen his playing time dwindle in December thanks to his poor play and attitude. He’s racked up a bunch of DNP-CDs in the month and has played just 18.3 minutes per game when Hornacek has used him.
For the season, Morris is averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 37.9 percent from the floor and 34 percent from three. The 26-year-old has naturally come up in trade rumors, but he has numerous red flags that could make a trade more difficult. In addition to his bad attitude and on-court problems this season, he’s also dealing with legal issues off the court:
Markieff's trade value is to the point that other teams are asking an asset — Goodwin, for instance — in exchange for taking him.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 24, 2015
Even so, Morris has shown potential as recently as last year, and he has an affordable four-year, $32 million contract. Some team may be willing to take a chance on him, and the 12-19 Suns would surely love to find a deal soon.