NBA trade rumors have surrounded Markieff Morris from the moment that the Phoenix Suns find a new home for his brother. Morris had grown disenchanted with the organization because they traded away his twin brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons. According to ESPN, that wish was finally granted today when the Washington Wizards took a major gamble and traded for Morris.
Whenever a player demands a trade from the team and it gets leaked out to the public, that puts the general manager into a very tough spot. He knows that a deal needs to be made because the roster spot should not be wasted. That partially cost Jeff Hornacek his job as the Phoenix Suns head coach. NBA executives are also aware that their peers will not be offering up a lot of goods in a trade because they know that you’re being forced into a move.
The Washington Wizards gave up Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair, and a first round draft pick in exchange for Markieff Morris. The draft pick is protected in case the season goes south for the Wizards. NBA general managers are finding it harder and harder to get their peers to give up first round draft picks, especially with contracts skyrocketing due to the salary cap being increased.
Just like with DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries is a better player than people think. It’s just that the Washington Wizards play a small ball lineup and the roster already contains Nene Hilario, Marcin Gortat, and Drew Gooden. Humphries has been a starter in the NBA before. He might even take over the starting power forward spot that is being vacated by Markieff Morris due to the trade going down today.
Markieff Morris is shooting just 28.9 percent from beyond the three point line, so he’s not going to be able to open up the floor like Jared Dudley can. However, he brings a decent mid-range jumper and plenty of size. At six-foot, 10-inches, and 240 pounds, Morris wouldn’t be pushed around as much on defense, especially when he’s motivated and engaged. The Washington Wizards hope that he is.
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