NBA notebook: Twins reunited as Suns trade for Morris

2013-02-21T00:00:00Z NBA notebook: Twins reunited as Suns trade for MorrisPaul Coro The Arizona Republic Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Phoenix Suns are going to activate twin powers after coming to a trade agreement Wednesday that will pair Markieff and Marcus Morris as teammates.

The Suns have agreed to send their second-round pick in the June draft to Houston in exchange for Marcus Morris, a 6-foot-9 small forward who is the twin brother of Suns power forward Markieff Morris.

The Suns had considered trading their 2012 first-round pick, which was used on Kendall Marshall, to get Marcus Morris during the 2011 draft when the Suns took Markieff with the 13th pick and the Rockets tabbed Marcus with the 14th pick.

The twins had been inseparable best friends growing up in Philadelphia and playing at Kansas and the thought then and now is that they feed off each other to be better players.

Marcus was considered to be the better player in college but Markieff fit a Suns need as a physical power forward, so Phoenix chose him. Markieff's fit helped him have a larger role as a rookie than Marcus had in Houston, where he only made 17 appearances last season and was sent to the D-League.

This season, Marcus started 17 games and appeared in 54 games, averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 21.4 minutes per game. He has shot 42.8 percent from the field, 38.1 percent on three-pointers and 65.3 percent on free throws while mostly playing behind Chandler Parsons.

Like Markieff, Marcus' rookie contract option for next season was picked up in October for just less than $2 million.

The Suns will still have two first-round picks and a second-round pick (via Denver) in the June draft.

It will be difficult to squeeze Morris into the rotation alongside his brother off the bench because the Suns have been using Michael Beasley at small forward behind starting wings Jared Dudley and P.J. Tucker.

Trade deadline today

Trade deadline week used to be the busiest of the NBA season, with team executives making deals at a frenzied pace as buyers tried to load up for a playoff run and sellers tried to unload onerous contracts to give them some flexibility for the next season.

Something different appears to be taking place this time around. There's been plenty of talk, but very little action so far with the deadline looming today at 1 p.m. Tucson time.

The big moves that were the hallmarks of trade deadlines past could still be coming. But if they don't, it could be because teams across the league are bracing for a much harsher economic reality starting next season. The "Super Team" era could be over.

"Every team is watching what it can do and how it can improve its team in connection with the much higher luxury tax," Commissioner David Stern said last week.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has said repeatedly they intend to keep center Dwight Howard, and re-sign him to an extension this summer that will pay him more than $20 million annually.

- The Associated Press

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