The Morris Debacle
From calling out the fans for lack of support last season, to blasting the Suns’ brass on twitter, Markieff Morris is doing everything he can to let us know he does not want to be a Phoenix Sun anymore. While I can probably speak for the vast majority of Suns fans by saying the feeling is mutual, let’s first examine how we all arrived at this point.
Last March, after a blowout loss to the Spurs, Morris said that it didn’t feel like the Suns had a home court advantage. “They don’t boo, but they don’t cheer that much either,” said Morris. He later tweeted out that he knew Suns fans would be mad at his comments but that “everything we do on the court is for you guys!” His brother Marcus who at the time was a teammate echoed Markieff’s sentiments. Two months prior, Marcus was benched after yelling at Coach Jeff Hornacek during a time out. He later apologized for this on twitter. The two are inseparable and seem to share the same temper and disposition, not surprising of twins.
When the season ended and free agency started, the Suns swung for the fences. They signed Tyson Chandler to a four year deal and scored a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, hands down the biggest free agent on the market this past off season. In a bold attempt to sign him, they cleared cap space by trading three players to Detroit. One of these players was Marcus Morris. This of course did not sit well with either twin and they have made no secret about it. The two each signed four deals last summer and taking into consideration that they are young and used to playing together, one can see why they would be upset after that.
However, the NBA is still a business and at the end of the day the team has the right to do what they feel is best. Not to mention the small forward position was a bit crowded and they have up and comer T.J. Warren ready to compete for that spot, someone I wrote about in my first article. It is also no secret here in Phoenix that the two brothers are facing felony assault charges that they have yet to go to court for. Combine all of this with endless twitter fodder (mostly from Markieff) and you can see how this business relationship probably needs to end. It is unlikely any team is going to entertain trading for him until his off the court issues are resolved, but once it is I hope the Suns realize it is better to part ways. I am sure the Sixers would be willing to do something, aren’t they always?
Kevin McQuade covers the Phoenix Suns for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @kmcquade9.