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Markieff Morris | Forward

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 245
College: Kansas
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Markieff Morris (hip strain) will not play on Saturday during the team's scrimmage.
To the surprise of nobody, he was booed when he was introduced. Morris hurt his hip while running into a screen and won't be out for long. With all the drama, he could be a nice bargain in the early late rounds. Oct 3 - 9:51 PM

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The Suns want Markieff Morris to be a playmaker more often this season, particularly in high-low sets with Tyson Chandler or Alex Len.

"Both of those guys have great hands and have great timing with lobs," Morris said. "Whenever their man steps up and helps out, I can just throw the ball up." Markieff has put on a happy face during training camp despite essentially demanding a trade this summer, and all signs point to him starting at PF on opening night with Mirza Teletovic as his backup. He's a top-80 fantasy value as long as he keeps his cool in Phoenix.
Sep 30 - 9:45 PM

Markieff Morris said on Wednesday he's "happy to be with my team."

He's a basketball player, so getting out on the court has to feel good for him. Morris made it clear he's there for his teammates over the front office, but he still likely wants to be dealt. Expect him to be on the Suns to start the year and feel free to draft him in the 75-100 range.
Sep 30 - 3:31 PM

Markieff Morris said he wants to remain with the Suns.

Doing a complete 180 from everything he said this offseason, Markieff is blinking after the Suns rightfully called his bluff. He was also unwilling to talk about what transpired this offseason, and he'll need to learn both professionalism and accountability in a big way. We'll monitor his role throughout training camp.
Sep 28 - 1:08 PM

Markieff Morris is expected to attend the Suns' training camp next week, but he is "still unhappy" playing for Phoenix.

Morris was fined by the NBA for publicly stating that he doesn't want to play for the Suns this season, but Phoenix isn't capitulating to his trade demands. Markieff is owed $33 million over the next four seasons and the Suns would need to acquire a replacement PF in any theoretical trade, as Mirza Teletovic and Jon Leuer are the only true PFs behind Kieff on the depth chart. We'll monitor this situation closely throughout the preseason.
Sep 25 - 9:23 AM

The Suns are fully expecting Markieff Morris to be at camp next week.

The Suns are expecting to see him on Monday for media day, which should be one of the more interesting events of the NBA day. Morris could be a huge part of the offense considering he's really the only reliable power forward on the roster, so he could be a bargain near 100 in drafts.
Sep 24 - 11:16 PM

Suns beat writer Paul Coro reports that the team "[does] not intend to trade" Markieff Morris, and still views him as their starting PF.

Tyson Chandler intends to speak with Morris "soon," in an attempt to convince him that his feelings toward the front office shouldn't impact his on-court performance. Morris said that he has no intention of playing for Phoenix, essentially demanding a trade, so this situation could come to a head quickly with training camp on the horizon. In addition to Markieff's negative view of the Suns' franchise, he's still contending with aggravated assault charges which will be heard by a grand jury on Oct. 15.
Sep 16 - 8:46 PM

Markieff and Marcus Morris appeared in court on Wednesday, and their attorneys were granted a motion to return the case to a grand jury on October 15.

The twins attorney is arguing that prosecutors presented "false and misleading evidence" during the initial hearing that led to their indictment on charges of felony aggravated assault, in addition to withholding information vital to the case.
Sep 16 - 1:04 PM

Markieff and Marcus Morris will be facing a suspension of at least 10 games if found guilty of felony aggravated assault.

The Morris twins are looking at some serious charges, although both will be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Suns have indicated time and again that they have no desire to trade away Markieff, although Kieff is doing everything in his power to force a trade away from Phoenix. With so much uncertainty surrounding Markieff's future, and the potential for a big-time suspension from the league, Morris will make for a risky selection on draft day.
Sep 15 - 3:45 PM

Markieff Morris is the only Sun under contract not at the team's voluntary workouts.

This should surprise nobody and it'll get interesting once he has to report for training camp. The Suns don't want to deal him for pennies on the dollar and not showing up to camp will hurt his own earning potential, so not being at camp would be a big -- and unwise -- move.
Sep 14 - 5:22 PM

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek openly criticized parts of Markieff Morris' game in a recent Grantland column.

"Some games he brings it, some games he doesn’t," Hornacek said. "Maybe it’s conditioning. Maybe it’s him saying, ‘If I put the effort in on defense, then I can’t do it on the offensive end.’" We're sure this is going to do a whole lot of nothing to move the needle when it comes to Morris' trade request, and the saga continues to drag on as training camp draws nearer.
Source: Grantland
Sep 14 - 9:53 AM

The Suns do not "seem especially motivated" to deal Markieff Morris right now, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he's optimistic on keeping Morris, so this report coincides with that. Morris has made it clear he wants out and it could affect his training camp status. For now, he's still worth a look in the early-late rounds of standard drafts.
Sep 10 - 1:09 PM

Jeff Hornacek expressed optimism when speaking about the situation between Markieff Morris and the Phoenix Suns.

"I know Markieff," Hornacek said. "I know that when he gets here and starts playing, he’s a competitor and he’s going to try to win. Hopefully, he can get whatever he has off his chest with us and get back to business and help this team win." If Markieff truly does want to be traded, the best way to do so would be to go out on the basketball court and up his value, which is currently in the gutter due to some serious legal allegations and what can essentially be described as a temper tantrum. His fantasy value would dip outside of Phoenix, but he's a mid-round guy with the Suns.
Sep 9 - 10:26 AM

The NBA has reportedly fined Markieff Morris $10,000 for publicly demanding a trade from the Phoenix Suns.

Morris has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons this offseason, although up to this point, the Suns have not made any indication that they are willing to part ways with the man they signed to a four-year, $32 million extension last year. It’ll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but a trade away from Phoenix would almost assuredly hurt Markieff's fantasy value. Until we have more clarity on what jersey Morris will be wearing next season, he’s going to be a risky guy to take on draft day.
Sep 8 - 2:23 PM

Markieff Morris tweeted on Thursday night that his "future will not be in Phoenix."

He finished the tweet with "#thatisall #backtothegrind #FOE." Morris' "family over everything" mentality has been a massive headache for the Suns, but so far they will not acquiesce to Morris' trade demands. In fact, the Suns' Twitter account wished Markieff a happy birthday on Wednesday. A trade would likely hurt Markieff's fantasy value and one would think they'd get a power forward back in the deal.
Sep 3 - 9:08 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Brandon Knight
2Ronnie Price
SG1Eric Bledsoe
2Archie Goodwin
3Devin Booker
4Terrico White
SF1P.J. Tucker
2T.J. Warren
3Sonny Weems
4Kyle Casey
PF1Markieff Morris
2Mirza Teletovic
3Jon Leuer
4Cory Jefferson
C1Tyson Chandler
2Alex Len