Even though I will always be a Celtics fan, the Phoenix Suns have been a team that I have liked for quite a while. They have been getting better the past few seasons after their post-Nash rebuild. They had a great offseason in signing Tyson Chandler, and resigning budding star Brandon Knight. They were also the runner up in the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes. In an attempt to clear cap room in order to complete the deal, they traded away, role player Marcus Morris, Markieff’s twin brother. This has made Markieff belligerent, as he wanted to play with his brother and took less money to stay in Phoenix in order to do so.
Now, he demands to be traded and was recently fined 10k from the NBA for publicly demanding to be traded. He also said he will not suit up at all for the Suns, despite the fact that he signed a contract with them. Keep in mind that both Marcus and Markieff are facing aggravated assault charges for an incident back in January. To put it nicely, its safe to say Markieff isn’t the brightest guy out there. He should understand that he has signed a contract to play for a team that is paying him 8 million dollars a year. He can’t simply not show or make demands when he has no leverage.
He also needs to realize its not realistic to be able to play with you’re brother when his brother, Marcus, underperformed and had a negative impact on team chemistry. I think the Suns should just give into his demands and trade him or cut him while they can. If he's found guilty on these charges they will get screwed and end up with nothing like the Patriots did with Aaron Hernandez. Trade him to any team, (but the Celtics) for a real power forward, like Taj Gibson in Chicago. Once Markieff is gone, the Suns can worry about making the playoffs in a competitive Western Conference next season.
By Spencer Roush @Spence_BBS