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Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin Have Shoving Match On Bench

Feb 11, 2016 10:54 AM

Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin got into a physical altercation on the Phoenix Suns' bench during a timeout.

An argument escalated into a shoving match in which teammates intervened.

"That was nothing. That was part of being a leader and big brother," Morris said after the team's 112-104 loss. "Of course it looks bad. Everything I do looks bad."

Both players returned to the game.

Morris has sought a trade from the Suns all season following the trade of his brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons.


Tags: Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Had No Interest In Brandon Knight For MCW Straight-Up

Feb 9, 2016 11:55 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers weren't interested in doing a trade last season of Michael Carter-Williams for Brandon Knight straight-up.

Jason Kidd felt he could mold Carter-Williams and was under contract for two more seasons at a total of $5.5 million.

Knight was set to be a restricted free agent and the Milwaukee Bucks couldn't re-sign both him and Khris Middleton, along with a big man.

"When we made the decision to trade Brandon, it gave us the opportunity to not only look at [Carter-Williams] but also flexibility going into the summer," Kidd said earlier this season. "At that point, we had to figure out which one we could move and had the opportunity to get something in return."

The Bucks and 76ers had a stalemate on their talks but that broke when the Phoenix Suns entered the picture as they owned the Los Angeles Lakers' pick.

The picks the Suns acquired from the Miami Heat for Goran Dragic motivated them to part with the Lakers' pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Sign Jordan McRae To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Feb 8, 2016 1:03 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Jordan McRae to a second 10-day contract.

McRae signed his first 10-day contract with the Suns on Jan. 29. The 24-year-old guard has appeared in five games with Phoenix, averaging 5.8 points and 1.4 assists in 13.0 minutes. McRae made his NBA debut at New York on Jan. 29, scoring 12 points and handing out four assists.

Prior to signing with the Suns, McRae earned 2016 NBA Development League All-Star honors as he ranked third in the D-League with an average of 23.1 points in 28 games with the Delaware 87ers.

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Tags: Jordan McRae, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Orlando Johnson To Sign 10-Day Deal With Suns

Feb 5, 2016 11:17 AM

The Phoenix Suns will sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Johnson was most recently with the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Orlando Johnson, Phoenix Suns, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Markieff Morris To Be 'Main Focus' Of Suns' Offense, Devin Booker Second Option

Feb 3, 2016 12:35 PM

Markieff Morris has been the subject of trade rumors due to his displeasure with the Phoenix Suns' organization but he's set to play a key role in Earl Watson's offense.

Morris had a season-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's game.

"He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said of Morris, who'd spent more time on the bench than on the floor all year. "That's part of talking about your role with this team, he went out there every play and that was his role, to lead us. He accepted that."

The Suns traded his brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons in the offseason.

"It's a tough situation for him," Watson continued. "But as the coach and the teacher of the team, I love him. So I love him, we nurture him, we embrace him, we help him grow even while he is here no matter what and the thing about when you lead teams, it becomes lifelong relationships so it's bigger than basketball for me."

"I think I heard over 20 times today how much faith he had in me," Morris said of Watson.

Watson will use Devin Booker as the Suns' second option.

"I told him he is going to be our second option," Watson said of Booker. "And he needed to step up and he came and he stepped up. He hit some big shots, took some big shots, took some questionable shots, but that's the evolution of Devin Booker."


Booker had 27 points, 18 of which came on three-pointers.

Dave King/Bright Side Of The Sun

Tags: Markieff Morris, Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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T.J. Warren Out For Season With Fractured Foot

Feb 3, 2016 10:57 AM

T.J. Warren has sustained a fracture of the right foot and will undergo surgery.

He will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

The second-year forward has averaged 11.0 points on 50.1 percent shooting and 3.1 rebounds in 47 games this season. Warren originally joined the Suns after the team selected him with the 14th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Tags: T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Injury

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Earl Watson Named Interim Head Coach Of Suns

Feb 1, 2016 7:06 PM

Earl Watson has been promoted by the Phoenix Suns to interim head coach.

Watson replaces Jeff Hornacek after his dismissal.

Watson will make his debut as head coach on Tuesday at home against the Toronto Raptors.

Watson, who is still just 36, was hired as an assistant by the Suns on June 4th.

Watson began coaching professionally last season with the San Antonio Spurs’ NBA Development League affiliate in Austin. The Suns also considered assistant coaches Cory Gaines and Nate Bjorkgren for the interim opening.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Interested In Hiring Steve Nash As Head Coach

Feb 1, 2016 1:14 PM

The Phoenix Suns have strong interest in hiring Steve Nash for their recent head coaching vacancy.

Nash is not ready to jump into coaching on a full-time basis at this time.

Nash signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in 2012 and retired last season.

Nash was hired by the Golden State Warriors as a part time consultant last offseason. Nash is also general manager of the Canada National Team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tyson Chandler 'Not Jumping Ship' From Suns

Feb 1, 2016 11:19 AM

Tyson Chandler signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Suns in the offseason and he's been part of their disappointing season.

Chandler pledged his commitment to the Suns just hours before they fired Jeff Hornacek.

“I’m not jumping ship,” Chandler said before Sunday's game. “If the organization decides to move me or something like that, then clearly that’s something that’s out of my control. But I came here and I came here for a reason.

“I thought it was a young, promising team, and I wanted to be a part of helping turn this around and go to the next level. I still feel like I’m capable of doing that, and I feel like this organization is capable of doing that. It’s just clearly some things have to change.”

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Tyson Chandler, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Fire Jeff Hornacek

Feb 1, 2016 9:59 AM

Jeff Hornacek has been fired as head coach of the Phoenix Suns.

The decision was reached after the Suns' 91-78 loss on Sunday to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Suns have lost 19 of 21.


Phoenix came close to firing Hornacek in December but they wanted to give him additional time to try to turn around their season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns To Sign Jordan McRae To 10-Day Contract
Jordan McRae recently scored a D-League record 61 points.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Suns To Re-Sign Cory Jefferson On 10-Day Contract
Cory Jefferson started the season with the Suns.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Sign Lorenzo Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Lorenzo Brown has appeared in three games with Phoenix, totaling 13 points and six assists in 34 minutes.

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Cavs' Players Would Support Trade For Markieff Morris
The organization fears Markieff Morris could disrupt the team's chemistry.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lorenzo Brown To Sign 10-Day Contract With Suns
Lorenzo Brown is averaging 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals in 32.4 minutes per game in the D-League this season.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Not Yet Close To Finding Trade Of Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris has played just 20 minutes in one game since the end of his two-game suspension.

Adam Green/Arizona Sports

Suns Waive Cory Jefferson, Bryce Cotton
The Suns are open to re-signing Cory Jefferson and Bryce Cotton on 10-day deals.

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Goran Dragic: Suns Always Changing Something
Goran Dragic has his own theory for the struggles of the Suns.

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Robert Sarver: Millennial Culture Has Tough Time Dealing With Setbacks
Robert Sarver believes Markieff Morris is a 'perfect example' of his view of the millennial culture.

Dan Bickley/Arizona Republic

Eric Bledsoe Out For Season After Meniscus Surgery
Eric Bledsoe was having an All-Star caliber season.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Markieff Morris Asked To Apologize Again To Team
The Morris camp are confused by the Suns' requests because Markieff Morris already apologized to Jeff Hornacek and his teammates on Twitter.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Fire Two Assistant Coaches, Give Jeff Hornacek One More Chance
Phoenix will promote assistant coaches Nate Bjorkgren and Earl Watson.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Eric Bledsoe To Undergo Surgery On Torn Meniscus
Eric Bledsoe is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

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Sarver, McDonough Hold Individual Meetings To Figure Out Suns' Issues
Jeff Hornacek has strong relationship with Robert Sarver and Ryan McDonough.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Eric Bledsoe Likely To Miss Extended Time With Knee Injury
There are fears of possible meniscus damage to Eric Bledsoe's knee.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Jeff Hornacek's Job In Danger As Suns Continue To Struggle
There are fears within the organization the players are no longer responding to Jeff Hornacek.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Markieff Morris Suspended Two Games For Throwing Towel At Hornacek
Markieff Morris said he didn't intend to hit Hornacek and was unaware it had connected.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Corey Brewer One Of 26 Players Who Can't Be Traded Until Jan. 15th
The Rockets and Suns have seriously discussed a trade of Corey Brewer and Terrence Jones for Markieff Morris.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pelicans Engage With Suns On Markieff Morris Trade Talks
The Pelicans are willing to part with Ryan Anderson in a deal for Markieff Morris.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Suns To Sign Bryce Cotton From D-League
Bryce Cotton was with the Jazz in the preseason but didn't make their regular season roster.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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