- 2015-16 – $2.99 million1
- 2016-17 – RFA
2015-16 Stats as of 12/23/15
- Houston Rockets
- Memphis Grizzlies
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Boston Celtics
- Washington Wizards
Markieff Morris has been connected to the Houston Rockets since the moment it was speculated that Morris was on the block. The unhappiness surrounding his role, his DNP-CD’s, and the trade of his brother to Detroit has created a toxic situation for the talented big man.
The connection with Houston, like Ryan Anderson’s, is unsurprising because of the style that Morris causes coaches and executives to envision. That of a supremely athletic stretch-four. That’s not quite what he’s been to this point of his career. This is Morris’s fifth year in the NBA and he’s settled into a 32.7% three-point shooter. That’s not the stretch-four that we sometimes imagine.
In reality, Morris has been more of an average offensive player that is versatile defensively and doesn’t require a huge usage percentage. He’s getting it on this Phoenix Suns team as he’s sitting at 26% USG this season, but he doesn’t need that to succeed. The percentages just haven’t been there in 2015-16 but the talent is still evident.
This could be one of the more difficult trades to swing in the end because teams looking to acquire Morris will be looking to buy-low because of his dipping stats and his open unhappiness and strife with the team. It’ll be up to the Suns front office if it is worth selling low on a talent like Morris, but they’ll certainly want some sort of projectable talent in return no matter their ultimate decision.