NBA Trade News: Markieff Morris Fined $10K For Tweet
Markieff Morris, who recently demanded trade from Phoenix Suns, has been fined for his public posts detrimental to the League, according to an official statement released on Tuesday. Morris’ statement was regarding his desired trade from the Phoenix Suns.
Morris tweeted last week that “my future is not in Phoenix.” Morris earlier stated in the media that he is reluctant to start this season with the Phoenix Suns.
Morris started demanding trade from the Suns after the franchise traded off his twin brother Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons in July. Markieff found sheer insult in the trade. The Morris twins jointly agreed to a contract extension with the Phoenix Suns on September 2014 at what was considered to be a discount. The two deals combined amounted to $52 million and promised it would keep the twins playing together at the Suns.
The league on Tuesday decided to fine him $10,000 for publicly demanding trade from the Suns. The controversial tweet followed an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer early August. Morris announced boldly in the interview that “One thing is for sure, I am not going to be there.”
The Suns, in their bid to free salary cap space for signing superstar LaMarcus Aldridge, decided to trade off Marcus Morris, breaching the above-mentioned extension with the Morris brothers. Aldridge though dumped the Suns to sign for San Antonio Spurs but the trade of Marcus was ratified according to plans.