Markieff Morris have fined $10,000 by the NBA for publicly demanding a trade away from the Phoenix Suns, as the league’s official announcement cited he made a public statement detrimental to the NBA.
The forward publicly demanded a traded when he tweeted out last Friday that his future would not be in Phoenix.
Morris’ reason to depart the Suns was mainly down to the side trading away his twin brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons back in July. The twins had only agreed contract extensions with the Suns just a year ago for a combined $52 million.
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Markieff hasn’t been happy since the departure of his twin, hence the demand for the trade, and publicly demanding it via twitter and during an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer has forced the NBA to fine him $10,000.
As Marc Stein states in his report for ESPN, the NBA have been fining players for making trade demands public since the 2005-06 season. Trade demands made directly to the team by a player or his agent however without a public statement is not a violation of league rules.
Put it simply, if Morris had decided to tell the Suns directly that he didn’t want to play for them anymore instead of the media, he wouldn’t be receiving a fine today.
Morris has to show up for training camp with the Suns at the end of September. Hopefully he will be wise enough to do so and follow through with what he said to the Inquirer last month.
He said: "I've got to show up, no question. You can't do that. I will be a professional. Don't get me wrong. But it won't get that far. ... I'm going to be out before then, should be."
Whether or not he will still be with the team in 20 days time is a different matter.