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Markieff Morris has made it pretty clear he doesn’t want anything to do with the Phoenix Suns. After they traded his twin brother Marcus to the Detroit Pistons this summer (without so much of a word about it to Markieff), things have gone sour in the relationship between the player and organization. He sent out a tweet on his birthday this past week confirming again his demand to be traded, but unfortunately for him the Suns haven’t met him eye-to-eye on the topic. According to some with close relationships with the front office, the Suns still believe that the relationship can be patched up. One thing seems relatively certain: Markieff doesn’t have much leverage to force a trade, having signed a four-year extension less than a year ago.
As a Bulls fan, there are a few moments for me that are hard to bring up. Jordan’s first retirement just prior to the 1993-94 season, the breakup of the Bulls after their sixth championship in eight years, Derrick Rose‘s ACL tear, and more recently, the series between the Cavaliers and the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season. Michael Whitlow of Pippen Ain’t Easy looks back at what is likely a turning point in the history of the organization, as the Bulls were on the verge of going up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series against LeBron James‘s Cavs before losing their lead, the game, and eventually the series.
The demise of Dwyane Wade has been overstated over the years, because despite breaking down in the playoffs a few times and having to frequently sit because of chronic knee problems, he’s continued to put up good statistics. He’s no longer one of the elite players in the game, but he’s certainly still a star when he’s on the court. The staff at Hot Hot Hoops weigh in on their expectations of Wade going into this season at age 33.
The trading season in the NBA is unofficially over, as most teams have filled out the major portions of their rosters by early September and are looking forward to getting a closer look at their teams in training camp. That doesn’t stop DeMarcus R. Garrett of Piston Powered from looking at a few potential trades that could make sense for the boys of the Motor City. Could Perry Jones III make sense in a Pistons uniform?
The Rockets have come to agreements with four players to come to training camp and get a look for either the final spots on the roster or some playing time with the D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Denzel Livingston, Remi Yusuf, Will Cummings and Chris Walker will get their chance to show what they can do, and while none of them are likely to make an impact, there’s at least something to keep your eye on with Walker. He was once considered a very high draft prospect in high school and he may be the kind of project you could stash in the D-League and turn into a decent player in a few seasons.