Update (10:55 a.m. MST):The Phoenix Suns officially announced the acquisition of Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the Suns’ 2013 second round draft pick on Thursday. They also released forward Luke Zeller.
“We have been intrigued for quite some time about the potential synergy from having both of the Morris twins on our team. So we are excited to have the opportunity to welcome Marcus to the Suns,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said in a team release.
Stretch big man Luke Zeller was released by the Phoenix Suns early Thursday morning to make way for the team’s acquisition of forward Marcus Morris, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. As of Wednesday, many believed that Jermaine O’Neal would be traded or released, but it appears that the Zeller move will sidestep that possibility.
Zeller averaged 1.2 points and 0.6 rebounds in 16 appearances for the Suns.
Update (10:10 a.m. MST): ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that it’s a good chance the Suns acquire Hamed Haddadi and a second rounder in exchange for Sebastian Telfair. Haddadi is a 7-foot-2, 27-year-old center from Iran.
At the same time, the Suns appear to be working further on a trade of point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a second-round pick. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski called Phoenix the frontrunner, and 620’s John Gambadoro believes the likelihood of that being completed is 50-50 as of 8 a.m. MST. ESPN Insider Nick Borges throws out a couple of scenarios in a Telfair deal:
Telfair is on the books for $1.56 million and Toronto could send Hamed Haddadi ($1.3 million) or John Lucas ($1.5 million), along with cash or a second round pick back to the Suns.
The Suns are also still in the Josh Smith conversation, according to Wojnarowski. Though Gambadoro maintains Phoenix has zero interest, reports say that the Hawks are bent on sending Smith to the Western Conference.
Atlanta has to do the best possible deal for Smith. That could still be the Bucks in the East, but again, Hawks prefer to send him West.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
Milwaukee remains in the picture as well, although the Bucks are trying to complete the trade without including guard Monta Ellis. That could be the major hangup that is keeping the Bucks in the lead but with other suitors, like the Suns, still in the conversation.