There hasn't been much secrecy in the displeasure the Morris twins have harbored with the Phoenix Suns organization. After both Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris agreed to contract extensions that appeared to be well below market value, it seemed like the Suns had a pretty good thing going. An incident that brought about assault charges on both players coupled with the Suns missing the playoffs led to a cap-clearing move by Phoenix this offseason that sent Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons.
Things soured from there with Markieff voicing his displeasure with the team and saying he wouldn't be there this season. He eventually was there, but the awkwardness and bad blood has been flowing with the Morris family and the Suns. Prior to Friday's matchup between the Suns and Pistons, Marcus was asked about the Suns and he said he "felt disrespected the entire time" he was in Phoenix. He also said he wanted to disrespect them back.
Marcus Morris said the Suns trading him without informing him was a “slap in the face.”
Really, he says his problems with the franchise run much deeper.
“I felt disrespected the entire time I was in Phoenix,” Morris said. “Even though I was playing well, I still didn’t feel like I had a real opportunity to grow. Anytime a team trades you away like that, it’s a slap in the face. I still feel disrespected, and I feel like I want to disrespect them.”
Marcus did get the last laugh in that game by scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and helping lead the Pistons to the 100-92 victory. Markieff scored 18 points on 9-of-21 shooting in a loss. But that one game probably won't smooth things over, and even if Markieff gets his offseason wish of getting on a new team, I'd imagine the Morris twins will still hold a grudge against the organization.
After the contract extensions in September of 2014, the twin brothers were eventually indicted in April of 2015 on assault charges stemming from an incident in January. The trade by Phoenix to clear cap space to pursue Tyson Chandler (whom they signed) and LaMarcus Aldridge (whom they were in the running for) also was probably geared to alleviate some of the potential headaches. That's when things started getting awkward with Markieff and the team.
Marcus stated that he learned the business aspect from this episode in his life and won't fall into the same mistakes again. For now, both players are bargains for their current teams.