The Houston Rockets are interested in trading for Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Morris made it known multiple times that he wanted a trade in the offseason after he expressed disdain over the trade of his twin brother, Marcus, to the Detroit Pistons. Phoenix didn’t oblige Markieff, but after a brutal start to the season and a DNP-CD in Sunday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, it appears the Suns’ front office may be willing to move on from him.
After a career year in 2014-15, Morris is averaging 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting just 39 percent overall and 27.9 percent from three, numbers that are well down from last season. He’s seen his playing time decrease by about five minutes per game.
While Morris has his issues, the Rockets are looking to upgrade their roster due to a disappointing 10-11 start. It seems like adding that kind of personality to that locker room would be a huge risk, but perhaps general manager Daryl Morey is desperate enough to win now that he pulls this off.
Stein reports power forward Terrence Jones would likely be included in any deal. Jones is set to become a restricted agent next summer and could command a pretty hefty contract, while Morris is currently in the first year of a four-year, $32 million deal that’s good value if he finds his game again.