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For the seeming bargain of a second-round pick, the Phoenix Suns acquired the most improved power forward in the league on NBA Trade Deadline Eve. The subsequent positional redundancy could portend something more interesting moving forward.
According to hoopsstats.com, Marcus Morris checks in as the most improved power forward in the NBA this year. Despite this improvement in his second season with the Houston Rockets, the Suns were able to acquire the twin brother of Phoenix forward Markieff Morris for the aforementioned second-round pick.
The redundancy is apparent regardless of where any of the team's current so-called hybrid forwards are deployed. Marcus Morris was generally considered the more talented of the twins when they left Kansas for the 2011 NBA Draft, and he was picked by the Rockets with the 14th selection. Markieff, considered the more low-post-oriented of the two, had gone to the Suns one pick earlier.
While Marcus bounced between Houston and the D-League as a rookie, Markieff had a relatively hot post-lockout start in Phoenix, but he fizzled in efficiency at both ends of the floor as the season progressed.
Extremely close, it is being presumed that reuniting the twins will do performance wonders for both.
Let the tweeting begin:
Its a blessing to be back with my brother, Marcus tweeted. Shocked, but blessed.
And, a few hours before Wednesday game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Markieff tweeted: Cant explain this feeling!!!
Suns followers might be challenged to explain just how this tangle of small and power forwards will be deployed by interim head coach Lindsey Hunter.
The Suns frontcourt roll call includes Jared Dudley, P.J. Tucker and Wesley Johnson as card-carrying small forwards. Johnson, it should be noted, gave the Suns his best game of the season during Tuesdays triumph in Portland.
Dudley, who often plays a shooting guard on TV, has a shooting touch, a level of professionalism and a modest contract that had him in trade-rumor play leading up to the deadline.
Tucker, a defensive ace who has guarded anyone who doesnt have to duck more than 20 percent of his frame through doorways, was included in a rumored trade involving teammate Marcin Gortat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, but both stayed put.
Marcus Morris, whose rookie issues can be traced to an inability to make a serious go of it at small forward, has played well working mostly as a four man this season. After averaging just 2.4 points in 7.4 minutes over a measly 17-game sample last season, Marcus is up to 8.6 points in 21.4 minutes this season.
With the Suns, he joins either the small forwards just listed or a power forward roster that includes brother Markieff, starter Luis Scola and swing forward Michael Beasley (as well as potentially Channing Frye, who remains out with a heart ailment but hopes to return next season).
Locking players into specific positions can be recklessly simplistic, but reality tells us the Suns have one player Shannon Brown capable of performing most basic functions of a shooting guard and more than half of their roster spread across both forward positions.
This could suggest even more roster imbalance than weve seen the last couple of seasons (thats not easy to accomplish), at least in the short term, or it could suggest that the Suns have something else planned in the offseason, although trying to determine what that would be would only yield speculation.
The Suns at least managed to balance their draft-pick situation Thursday, garnering a 2014 second-round pick from the Raptors for point guard Sebastian Telfair to make up for the 2013 one they surrendered to bring the Morris twins together.
BEST OF MAXIM
Marcus Morris has been traded to the Phoenix Suns for a second round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Morris will join his twin brother Markieff Morris who he previously played with at Kansas. Chosen back to back (13 & 14) in the 2011 draft, they are the second duo in the NBA to feature brother teammates (Indiana has Hansbrough brothers).
The Suns released rookie, Luke Zeller, Thursday to create a roster spot for second-year forward, Marcus Morris, whom the Suns acquired in a trade with Houston Wednesday.
Phoenix traded a second-round pick in exchange for Marcus Morris, who will now join his twin brother, Markieff, on the Suns.
Morris going to miss those strip club runs with The Beard, but he will be reunited with his brother Markieff Morris.
The Houston Rockets have traded Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a future second-round draft pick, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
Luke Zeller has been released by the Suns to create a roster spot for Marcus Morris.
The Suns have acquired Marcus Morris from the Rockets for a future second round pick.
Sebastian Telfair will join his 7th NBA team as the Suns traded the point guard, in his 9th year, to the Raptors.
According to ESPN:
The Phoenix Suns have traded backup point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors for center Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick, league sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.
Scratch the Phoenix Suns off the list of teams in the Josh Smith derby.
ESPN is reporting that the Suns are "unlikely" to be able to pry J-Smoove from the Atlanta Hawks. That leaves Milwaukee (possibly moving Monta Ellis), Brooklyn (likely offering Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks), Washington (offering everyone but John Wall, Nene and Bradley Beal) and Boston (probably...
The Suns traded reserve point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors shortly before Thursday afternoon's NBA trade deadline in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick and veteran center Hamed Haddadi.
The 27-year-old Telfair had fallen out of the rotation in Phoenix recently with the emergence of rookie point guard Kendall Marshall, who has taken over as the primary backup to...
Sebastian Telfair is in the final season of his current deal.
Suns need to create a roster space to absorb Marcus Morris.
Despite Kevin McHale declaring he’d be “shocked” if the Rockets made a move before Thursday’s 3:00 PM deadline, the team is holding Marcus Morris out from Wednesday night’s game vs. OKC as they currently decide between two deals that will have them part ways with the 2nd year power forward.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle confirmed the upcoming move, first reported...
I am shocked Telfair is still in the league.
The Raptors are finalizing a deal to send Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick to Phoenix for Sebastian Telfair, league source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 21, 2013
8 a.m. ET: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett still will be walking through that door. The two Hall of Fame players were not moved at Thursday’s trade deadline, and as a result, they will finish at least this season in Boston.
Now the Celtics (28-26) can turn their focus to more immediate matters. Their first opponent on the post-trade-deadline schedule is the Suns (18-37), the worst...
The first domino of the trade deadline fell Wednesday night when the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets completed a three team trade that sent Marcus Morris from the Rockets to Suns, Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to the Kings and Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt to the Rockets. Houston also gets a couple of second round picks...
HOUSTON -- Thomas Robinson is in,while Marcus Morrisand Patrick Patterson areout in Houston, as part of a reported three-way deal that also involved the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings.
The move reunites twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris in Phoenix, and Marcus was swapped for Robinson, his former teammate at Kansas. Houston also sentPatterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich...