Which Markieff Morris will the Washington Wizards get?

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New Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris finally got his wish to move on from the Phoenix Suns on trade deadline day, almost nine months after his original demand.

Since his twin, Marcus Morris, was traded to the Detroit Pistons in the summer of 2015 - in a salary cap dumping exercise by the Suns - 'Keef' has been one unhappy camper.

Markieff's not so thinly veiled tweet last September was the beginning of the end in Phoenix for the ever so slightly eldest Morris brother. His declaration of intent to leave the Suns incurred a $10,000 fine.

Was it unprofessional? Did he throw his toys out of the pram? There's more to this story than meets the eye. But, the crux of the story lies in the bond the brothers thought they had with the Phoenix front office behind the scenes.

It's common knowledge the Morris' signed an unusual four-year joint deal that meant they both commanded $52 million as a duo, to be split however they saw fit.

But in exchange for the brothers' neglection of free agency - where they surely could have garnered more cash in their own rights - the 6'10" identical twins expected more loyalty in return.

They did the deal to remain in warm Arizona as a pair and continue to establish themselves in the NBA - a fine, idyllic life for a duo humbly raised in Philadelphia. The Suns' ultimately fruitless pursuit of LaMarcus Aldridge put a stop to all of that.

The brothers have insisted they spent time with Suns owner Robert Sarver off the court and were frequently invited to his home during the good old days.

It was purely business but when Marcus was traded to the Pistons, the cracks in the relationship between the Suns and Markieff began to show. It started to feel like only a matter of time before he left.

Fast forward to today, and Markieff - who was drafted 13th, one spot ahead of his brother Marcus, in the 2011 draft - is now a Washington Wizard.

On trade deadline day, the Wizards gave up a first-round pick (protected to ninth spot) as well as Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair - the latter of whom has already been waived by the Suns - to secure the last standing Morris in Phoenix.

This brought a close to an ultimately tumultuous Suns tenure that included failed trade requests, a two-game suspension for throwing a towel at then-coach Jeff Hornacek and most recently, a bit of handbags with teammate Archie Goodwin during a timeout in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.

But in amongst those stains on his record, Markieff showed plenty of the talent that originally endeared him to the Phoenix hierarchy.

With all the controversy in the rearview mirror, will Morris prove to be a successful acquisition for Washington, and is he worth a first-round pick?

As many might expect, his productivity has been noticeably down this term in light of his grievances with the Phoenix executives. The University of Kansas graduate has averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds a night during the 2015-16 campaign, whereas, with his brother on board last year, he enjoyed a career season.

Morris started all 82 of the Suns regular season games through 2014-15 and averaged numbers of 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals - all career bests - and a field goal percentage of 46.5. A year on, he's shooting 39.2 percent from the field.

A change in environment could do wonders for Morris as the Suns have sunk towards the foot of the Western Conference with only two wins in their last 29 match-ups. Conversely, the Wizards have a very real chance of securing the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Washington sit four wins adrift of the Bulls having played one game less and, ironically, it's Markieff's brother and the Detroit Pistons who are currently wedged between them and the final seeds, Chicago.

Markieff has the propensity to score vital points in the NBA and at just under seven-foot and 245lbs, he's an exciting athlete yet to enter his prime.

With the explosive John Wall at the one spot, the idea of the guard and Morris running pick and pop plays is quite a formidable proposition. Even if Morris' trade means enhancing Wall's numbers and thus influence, it will have been a successful move and well worth the first-round pick.

However, Morris can be so much more than that. At his best, he's a fleet-footed big man who can effortlessly make his own looks, and has the silky stroke to sink them.

The time is now for Markieff Morris. Should he contribute to the Wizards making a run for the post-season, he will have begun to dispel some of the negative notions surrounding his character.

Now he's got his trade, the onus is the 26-year-old to produce what he has shown to be more than capable of in the past.

In another destination where his brother isn't suiting up alongside him, which Markieff Morris do you think Washington will get?

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