2016 NBA Trade Gettables: Markieff Morris

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Dec

Contract Remaining

  • 2015-16 – $2.99 million1
  • 2016-17 – RFA

2015-16 Stats as of 12/23/15

Season Age G GS MP FG% 3P% 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
2015-16 26 21 16 24.0 .384 .313 .401 .414 1.3 1.8 .737 1.2 3.8 5.0 1.9 0.7 0.4 2.3 11.0
Career 329 137 25.2 .444 .327 .470 .474 1.9 2.5 .763 1.4 3.9 5.4 1.7 0.9 0.6 1.6 11.4
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/23/2015

Possible Destinations

  • Houston Rockets
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Boston Celtics
  • Washington Wizards

Breakdown

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.

Trade Gettables Series

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  1. per Spotrac 

About the author: Colby Rogers

Colby is the Editor-in-Chief, Founder and Lead Contributor to Other League. Also a law student focusing on Labor & Employment law and intersections with law and sports. You can find him on Twitter via @Colby_OL.