Marcus, Markieff ‘happy to be back’ together
by Paul Coro, USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND – The Phoenix Suns are going to activate Wonder Twin powers after coming to a trade agreement Wednesday that will pair Markieff and Marcus Morris as teammates in Phoenix.
The Suns have agreed to send their second-round pick in June’s draft, at about No. 35, in exchange for Marcus Morris, a 6-foot-9 small forward who is the twin brother of Suns power forward Markieff Morris. It will be the 10th brother teammate combination in NBA history and the only twin teammates besides Phoenix’s Dick and Tom Van Arsdale in 1976-77.
The Suns considered trading their 2012 first-round pick, a No.13 pick that was used on Kendall Marshall, to get Marcus Morris during the 2011 draft when the Suns took Markieff with that 13th pick. The Rockets followed by tabbing Marcus with the 14th pick.
The twins had been inseparable best friends growing up in Philadelphia and playing at Kansas. The thought then and now is that they feed off each other to be better players.
Suns forward Jared Dudley told Markieff on Wednesday that there was a rumor Marcus was being traded before Thursday’s trade deadline. Markieff called Marcus, not knowing that the Suns were the possible destination.
“I’m super excited,” Markieff said. “It can’t get no better for me. This is what I definitely wanted from the beginning, to be the same as college. I’m just excited to be able to play with him again. Honestly, all of this has been a dream to me. God is blessing it to be better and better for me and him.”
Marcus was considered to be the better player in college when they were Kansas’ big men, but Markieff fit a Suns need as a physical power forward. Markieff’s fit helped him have a larger role as a rookie than Marcus had in Houston, where he had to adapt to a new position (small forward) and made only 17 appearances around D-League assignments and an injury.
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 … [For more on Marcus, Markieff Morris 'just happy to be back' together, click here.]