Suns trade Markieff Morris to Wizards

The Phoenix Suns finally found a way to unload embattled forward Markieff Morris, shipping him to the Washington Wizards just minutes before the NBA trade deadline.

Morris was one of the top names of the deadline thanks to a wild ride that started in the offseason, but it’s Washington that came through and gave the Suns a way out, as reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Marc J. Spears followed with further details:

Morris, 26, didn’t fit in with the Suns this year, going from a quiet Kansas product to a guy demanding a trade and getting suspended for throwing a towel at his coach, not to mention off-court issues. Most of the problems stemmed from the organization getting rid of his brother, so nabbing a first-round pick to improve team chemistry certainly qualifies as a win.

Call it a win for the Wizards, too. Washington sits 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but clearing out tradeable assets and getting a guy to push Nene Hilario at power forward makes plenty of sense. It looks even better in the long term if Morris responds well to a change of scenery and gets back to being the player who averaged 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds last season.

Everybody wins here, with Phoenix getting some breathing room and future assets and Washington hoping to do the same, if not pushing for the eighth slot in the conference.

Chris Roling

About Chris Roling

Chris is an Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism graduate and associate editor here at TSD. He also covers breaking news and the NFL at Bleacher Report and resides in Athens (OH) with his wife and two dogs.