Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris will play in Wednesday's preseason opener, Paul Coro of AZ Central reports.
Morris has been hampered by a nagging hip issue for the last few days, and he missed Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. The embattled forward returned to practice Tuesday, however, and has been given full clearance to play Wednesday night.
Phoenix Suns forward Mirza Teletovic has a case of the flu but is expected to practice Wednesday, reports The Arizona Republic.
He missed the night scrimmage Tuesday, but this sounds like a very minor illness, and he should be back on the court Wednesday. With so much uncertainty regarding Markieff Morris ' future with the team, Teletovic's workload will be difficult to predict until the situation with Morris is resolved.
At Monday's media day,
"I want to be here," Morris told reporters.
It's difficult to discern whether Morris' comments were genuine, especially considering the vehement nature of his trade demands over the summer.
As recently as earlier this month, Morris was adamant that he wouldn't play for Phoenix this season, tweeting in early September that his 'future will not be in Phoenix.'
Upset with the team's decision to trade his twin brother, Marcus, to the Pistons earlier this offseason, Morris apparently felt betrayed by the organization.
It's unclear whether the two sides have made amends, but at this point it appears Morris will be present when training camp gets underway.
The twins are accused of helping three others beat a man, 36-year-old Eric Hood, outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24. Markieff Morris has denied being part the group that attacked Hood, but acknowledged he was at the sports complex.
The next step for the twins is an initial pretrial conference set for June 30.
The twins and three other men are charged with assaulting Erik Hood at a sports facility in Phoenix. Hood told police he was accosted and assaulted by the five men. Hood sustained a broken nose, bruises and abrasions during the incident.
Markieff Morris has denied being part the group that attacked Hood, but acknowledged he was at the sports complex.
The first court date for the twins is May 7.
"Markieff and Marcus are good men and I am confident that when all the facts come out, their names will be cleared," their agent Leon Rose said in a statememt, according to ESPN.com.
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