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. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Morris twins be able to stay together?

Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are essentially a packaged deal when they become free agents after this season. They pretty much confirmed it in this Philadelphia Inquirer story from Sunday.

“That was our dream growing up – it’s our life dream to play with each other in the NBA,” Marcus said. “We’re together now. We try to make the best of it. Hopefully, we retire together.”

 

The twins played high school in Philadelphia and college at Kansas together. They were eventually separated when the Suns took Markieff Morris and the Houston Rockets drafted Marcus Morris with the 13th and 14th picks of the 2011 draft. Both brothers struggled in their rookie years, playing basketball for the first time apart.

During the middle of their second year in the league, the Suns acquired Marcus from the Rockets with the hope that their twin synergy would pay dividends on the court. That gamble paid off.

Last year in their first full season together, the twins put up career highs in points with Markieff earning a Player of the Week award in November and votes for Sixth Man of the Year.

The twins’ desire to play on the same team could potentially put the Suns in a bind. Markieff is clearly a part of the Suns’ future plans, but the same can’t be said for Marcus at this point. Right now, he is in the mix with a few guys that will be battling for rotation minutes. If Marcus falls out of the rotation this season and Markieff continues to blossom as a player, will the Suns waste a roster spot to accommodate Markieff, or vice versa?

It is a situation that a team has rarely been put in, if at all. The two players essentially only see each other when on the court together, and that is something that has frustrated coach Jeff Hornacek who has tried to get the twins to play as a five-man unit rather than just their two-man game.

The potential dilemma could make for an interesting offseason next year, which obviously depends on their play this upcoming season.

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