PHOENIX SUNS

Markieff Morris has strong take about Suns’ firing of GM Ryan McDonough

Oct 8, 2018, 10:23 AM | Updated: Oct 9, 2018, 1:07 pm

Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) stands next to his brother and Boston Celtics forwar...

Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) stands next to his brother and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 113-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Markieff Morris wasn’t the only starting-caliber player now-former Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough didn’t jive with in his five years leading the team.

Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe also left Phoenix after public spats with the team’s front office.

But none of them had as big of a beef as Morris, who grew upset when the Suns dealt twin brother Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons in the summer of 2015 to free up cap space in an eventually-failed chase of free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

So when Phoenix fired McDonough on Monday, Morris, now with the Washington Wizards, wasn’t hiding his opinion of the matter.

A day later upon learning that the Suns were reportedly leaning toward hiring James Jones to replace McDonough, Marcus weighed in as well.

The Morris twins had put themselves in a unique position. In 2014, they agreed to long-term deals with Phoenix worth $52 million combined, an amount that the team allowed the twins to split how they saw fit.

A year later, Marcus Morris was traded and later called the Suns’ deal to Detroit a “slap in the face,” while Markieff began demanding a trade before reporting to Suns camp for the 2015-16 season.

His distaste for McDonough’s practices apparently haven’t been lost over the year.

Meanwhile, fellow former Sun Jared Dudley, who signed as a free agent with the Suns two years ago and was traded to Brooklyn this offseason, appeared to find the move curious.

That’s probably because it came just more than a week before the regular season began, after McDonough had hired a new coaching staff and drafted No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton this summer.

Dudley also believes vice president of basketball operations James Jones, who is in charge on an interim basis, has a good chance at taking the job permanently.

But much of the reaction to McDonough’s firing — agree with it or not — was about the timing of the matter.

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