Markieff Morris has finally found a new home. The Phoenix Suns sent the disgruntled forward to Washington Wizards ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. In return, the Suns received Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and a protected first-round pick.
Morris, who is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds this season, had been harrowing the Suns organization for a trade ever since his twin brother, Marcus, was traded to Detroit Pistons last July. Even though the Suns weren’t able to re-unite the twins in Detroit, Markieff gets the opportunity to start afresh with the Wizards.
For several months, Wizards re-iterated that they intended on retaining Markieff but eventually succumbed to the power forward’s demands, especially after attitude issues began to surface both on and off the floor including a physical altercation with teammate Archie Goodwin on February 10.
Besides the altercation with Goodwin, Morris was also involved in a towel-throwing incident with former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. For the Suns, Morris was becoming too much of a problem.
Despite his attitude problems, Morris is still an above-average talent, who has scored at least 14 points in each of his past six games. The Wizards, barely in the playoff picture with a 23-28 record, lack depth in the front court and could benefit from a rejuvenated Morris.
Markieff Morris signed a four-year, $32 million contract extension in September 2014 after putting up career-best numbers of 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds last season. Morris also improved his three-point shooting and perimeter defense.