Mar 28, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (15) and forward Markieff Morris (11) battle for positioning during the second quarter at US Airways Center. The Suns won 112-88. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Morris twins: Do they stay or do they go?

Markieff and Marcus Morris have been inseparable. They grew up together, played high school and college together, got drafted with back-to-back picks in 2011 and now play at the highest level of basketball together for the Phoenix Suns. The only time they weren’t playing for the same team was from the draft until the Suns traded for Marcus in the players’ second season in the NBA.

Suns management believed acquiring Markieff’s twin would boost Markieff’s game. And it did. Both players flourished last year, and Markieff came close to being the Sixth Man of the Year.

So as free agency begins tonight and rumors are swirling, the question becomes this: Should Phoenix trade both the Morris brothers, only one or neither one?

Both twins are quite productive, though a bit inconsistent and are decent all-around players. They can shoot the three (Marcus better) and score down low (advantage Markieff). Their contracts are pretty friendly too, and their Bird rights will be useful for the Suns or any trade partner. Markieff is owed about $3 million in his final season of his rookie deal with Marcus expected to make about $2.9 million this upcoming season.

Last week Phoenix drafted T.J. Warren, who will probably play small forward in the NBA. He’ll probably displace Marcus in the long run. The Suns don’t want Markieff to regress if his twin leaves, so they could want to trade him at his highest value in the coming weeks, especially if a Kevin Love package comes together. That said, it’s unlike Phoenix needs to move the twins to open up a free agent signing, and it’s hard to tell if they can trade just one of the twins and risk losing that synergy between them that was a reason behind the deal to acquire Marcus.

Chances both Markieff and Marcus Morris get traded30 percent. If the Suns were to acquire two of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love, the Morrii would be in the first group out of Phoenix to create the cap room to sign the superstar(s). That could be a longshot, as there’s no need to trade the twins even if the Suns are successful signing a max free agent from elsewhere.

  • 4everis2long

    If the Suns are trying to sign Frye twins are likely gone as soon as Suns could make a deal. I see the Suns are rumored to have contacted Ed Davis/his agent and Parsons.

  • Rebel

    If the suns get a legitimate starter at the 4, I can really see the Suns shipping the Morris twins to Philly for a really nice package.

  • Arizona Jim

    My guess is signings/trades are on hold until a clear signal from LeBron is received. The announcement today that the Big 3 are not on the same page gonna prolong decisions longer.

  • WLX(AL)

    I could see Phoenix cashing in on the Morri. Phoenix could trade the Twins, Ish/Dionte, LA Pick, Phoenix pick(2015), Timberwolves Pick, and 2 second Rounders + Cash for Love AND Brewer/Budinger. Phoenix absorbs about $8 mill and can still resign Frye to back up. Minny gets the Twins to go to the Twin Cities (pun intended) acquire the highly valued LA pick plus 4 more and get cap relief by also trading either Brewer or Budinger.

    • MyMets

      Suns are not trading for Love unless he commits to an extension.

  • Dan Conway

    this new format ruined this blog! gets much more junk posting and comments now a damn shame!!! You all sold out.

  • DBreezy

    That’s a great pic! Shows Melo’s strength relative to the twins.