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Markieff Morris says he won’t play for Suns again

In this Feb. 18, 2014 photo, Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris (left) and his twin brother Markieff talked on bench.
In this Feb. 18, 2014 photo, Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris (left) and his twin brother Markieff talked on bench. The Associated Press

Former Kansas star Markieff Morris says he won’t play for the Phoenix Suns again.

Speaking with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Morris said he was unhappy with the way the Suns handled last month’s trade of Morris’ twin brother, Marcus. Markieff said of the Suns, “I am not going to be there.”

Marcus Morris was traded to Detroit, and Markieff said the twins were on vacation and not given a heads-up about the trade.

“If you are going to do something, do it,” Markieff Morris told the Inquirer. “The GM, I’ve been there longer than him, the coaches, everybody. I’ve been there the longest, and I don’t get the respect to be like, ‘Yo Keef, we are going to trade your brother. You are our future power forward.’ I’m the future power forward. I’m the premier player of the team. … That’s just how business is done I guess.”

After the trade, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek told arizonasports.com that he hadn’t spoken directly with Markieff Morris, but figured he would be OK with the trade.

“Once you get into the season, and you get with your team, they’ve played apart before too, they will be fine,” Hornacek said.

But Marcus Morris told the Inquirer, they are not upset about playing apart.

“I’m a grown man,” Marcus Morris said. “I can stand on my own. I play on my own. It’s just the disrespectful side. What we did for the Suns, the pay cuts we took and for them to trade me without consent is what made me more disappointed and is what made me more upset.”

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