The Phoenix Suns have acquired Houston Rockets forward Marcus Morris, brother of Markieff Morris, in exchange for a second-round draft pick, Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The move was part additional to another Rockets trade involving the Sacramento Kings, who sent forward Thomas Robinson to Houston and received Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich.
To make room for the second Morris, Phoenix will need to release a player from the roster. Brian Windhorst of ESPN says Jermaine O’Neal could be bought out if Phoenix can’t deal him before Thursday’s deadline.
Perpetual fans of taking the lesser of two brothers — see Jarron Collins, Robin Lopez, Luke Zeller, Markieff Morris, and Taylor Griffin — Phoenix has avoided any judgments altogether with this move.
Suns jerseys: MARK. MORRIS and MARC. MORRIS?
— Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) February 21, 2013
Apparently, the Suns like the Morris’ genes, but it’s a wonder what is in store if they plan to keep Markieff (7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 39.6 percent shooting). Marcus came out of Kansas as a more perimeter-oriented player, but he’s had similar production (8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds on 42.8 percent shooting). Marcus is, however, shooting a better three-point percentage than his brother — 38 percent to 27 percent — who went one pick ahead of Marcus in the 2011 NBA Draft.
With Markieff struggling to find time behind Luis Scola and despite Channing Frye sitting out the year, it’s hard to say why the Suns made the move. Couple that with Michael Beasley and P.J. Tucker holding down the small forward spot, and it becomes more difficult to judge the move unless this is just the beginning of a busy 24 hours for the Suns.
— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) February 21, 2013
There had seemingly been much noise and little action with less than 24 hours before Thursday’s trade deadline, and the Suns were one of many teams that had a lot to talk about but seemingly nothing to show for it. As my other VotS pals talked about in our 4-on-4 this week, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
As of now, the Suns seemingly have nothing else going other than the potential of minor deals involving Sebastian Telfair and Jermaine O’Neal. ESPN’s Chris Broussard and 620’s Paul Calvisi report that Phoenix could deal Telfair to the Toronto Raptors, possibly for a second round pick. O’Neal, meanwhile, is drawing interest from the New York Knicks.
Paul Coro also reported that a rumor of Phoenix trading Marcin Gortat and P.J. Tucker to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb and a pick was only speculation from other team executives.
Meanwhile, the chances of Phoenix landing Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith appear unlikely. As we noted earlier this week, the Suns have little to offer, especially if Gortat isn’t the centerpiece. At the same time, some media reports, including one from Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, still put the Suns up with the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets as being top candidates to land Smith should the Hawks be willing.
Whether it be Monta Ellis — rumor has it they might keep Ellis and Brandon Jennings to play with Smith — or otherwise, Milwaukee has a bit more to offer than Phoenix. And Wojnarowski has sources telling him the Nets have a package of Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a pick on the table for Smith. Both scenarios make any offer from the Suns appear extremely weak in comparison.
Update (8:20 p.m. MST): It’s a bit of good news for the anti-Smith contingent of Suns fans that Phoenix appears unwilling to unload its two first-round draft selections for this year in a trade with Atlanta. Ken Berger calls a deal between the Suns and Hawks a “slam dunk” if Phoenix were OK with giving up the two picks.
Chris Broussard reported that former Phoenix Suns target Eric Gordon is on the trade market. Golden State reportedly had some interest, although not enough confidence in Gordon’s health to greatly consider the move.
Gordon is averaging 16.6 points and 2.7 assists per game this year while shooting just 40.8 percent. He’s still being hampered by a knee injury suffered during the summer.
Grantland’s Brett Koremenos writes that Jared Dudley is one of the top role players who could turn a winning NBA team into a contender. He sees Dudley fitting in with San Antonio, Atlanta or Milwaukee.