Controversy isn’t leaving Markieff Morris. After hitting the headlines for lashing out at his own team management demanding immediate trade few months back, the disgruntled forward this time threw a towel at Phoenix Suns’ coach Jeff Hornacek during Suns’ 104-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets at home.
The Suns management has suspended Morris for the next two games for his conduct on Wednesday night. With the Nuggets leading 84-75, and 9:47 seconds left Morris was taken off. The 26-year-old forward was recently benched by Suns’ headcoach Hornacek.
“He’s mad about not playing,” Hornacek pointed out to The Arizona Republic after the game. “I look at the stat sheet. He’s a minus-13 in 12 minutes. So there, I took him out. … He thinks he’s better than that. Show me.”
Morris denied that he hit Hornacek intentionally, when told by his teammates that he hit the coach at his legs. Hornacek hit the towel back at the forward as he reached the end of the bench.
Morris will be losing $145,455 in game pay for the two game ban. The Suns play the Sixers on Saturday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, both at home. Morris’ performance and attitude both have declined steadily since he vociferously demanded trade as his twin brother Marcus was removed by the Suns to the Detroit Pistons in July.
Morris was at the center of the trade talks recently, but several sides retreated citing that the asking price was too high. The fifth year forward was the 13 overall pick of the Suns in 2011.
The Suns have negotiated with the Houston Rockets and the Pelicans, but no deal has been reached according to sources.