Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler wants to speak to want-away teammate Markieff Morris over the latter's possible trade out of Phoenix.
Morris has been very vocal all offseason over a potential move away from the Suns. He has expressed his desire not to play for the team anymore after his twin brother, Marcus, was traded away to the Detroit Pistons.
The Suns have no intention of trading away the power forward despite his persistence in the matter. Not only has he gone to the media to request a trade, but he also sent out a tweet about it too. Both of these lead to the NBA penalising the player for not talking to the team first.
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Chandler wants to build a relationship with Morris, to make sure they are on the same page moving forward as the new season comes around.
So far, he hasn't been able to talk to him, but he expects to do so soon. He wants to make sure Morris' relationship with General Manager Ryan McDonough, adviser and former President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and Managing Partner Robert Sarver has no knock-on effects on his play or teammate relationships.
He said to the Arizona Republic: “It’s not about them. That’s no offense to Ryan, the GM, or the owner. Players play for players and the coaches. You’ve got a bond. Management has nothing to do with anything that goes on when you’re on the court. That’s just my thoughts.
"I’m not saying this for anything against Keef either. He’s a man and he has to go through his own process. But he can be special and I know he will. I feel like all this stuff will be forgotten once we kick off and we’re having success.”
An unsettled player in the locker room can have detrimental effects on a team's season, so the newly acquired center wants to make sure the worst doesn't happen. If he isn't settled with the side once the season is in full swing, the chances of the Suns making the playoffs could be in jeopardy.