Morris, 26, had been hounding the organization for a trade since July, after his twin brother, Marcus, was moved to the Detroit Pistons via trade. For months, inquiring teams were told the Suns wouldn’t be trading Markieff Morris, but the organization began exploring deals as it struggled with his attitude and in getting him to perform at his previous levels.
Morris, 26, is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in a season that has included a towel-throwing incident with former Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek and a sideline altercation with teammate Archie Goodwin.
Morris signed a four-year, $32 million contract extension in September 2014 and averaged a career-high 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds last season.
Markieff and Marcus Morris are facing felony aggravated assault charges stemming from a January incident at a recreation center in Phoenix. Detroit traded for Marcus Morris in July despite the pending charges, but risked little because it didn’t give up much in return. The Suns moved Marcus in a salary dump to clear cap space, a move that angered Markieff and led to a simmering summer standoff between Markieff and the Suns’ organization.
The Suns (14-40) lost 15 of 16 games entering the All-Star break.