Phoenix Suns Sign Morris Twins to 4-Year Deals
The Phoenix Suns literally doubled up on their latest move.
After having the best season of their careers, the Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, have re-signed with the Phoenix Suns on separate four-year deals. By signing the Morris twins now, the Suns have avoided a restricted free agency scenario similar to the case of Eric Bledsoe. It can be recalled that the Suns and the restricted free agent Bledsoe were dragged into a long contract negotiation this past summer after the two parties initially reached a stalemate in contract talks.
Although terms of the contracts were not officially released, sources say that Markieff signed for $32M while Marcus’ deal was worth $30M. The Morris brothers become the second sibling tandem on the team after the Suns recently signed Zoran Dragic, the brother of star Goran Dragic. Zoran was inked to a two-year deal after his impressive performance for Slovenia in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Career high season
Markieff Morris averaged a career high 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds per game on 48.6% FG shooting last season while Marcus Morris also set career highs in scoring with 9.7 points and rebounding with 3.9 rebounds per game in 2014.
Suns President Lon Babby said in a statement that it was the goal of the team to re-sign the twins before the start of training camp so that the team can start focusing on the 2015 season. He added that the Morris twins are a unique pair because they make each other play better when they are together.
The twins also played together at Kansas when they were in college. They parted ways in the NBA when Markieff was selected by the Suns as the 13th pick of the 2011 draft. Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets. However, the Suns acquired Marcus via trade in 2013 to re-unite the brothers in Phoenix.
Sun’s future is taking shape
The Suns also re-signed Eric Bledsoe to a five year deal a couple of weeks ago and they also inked up point guard Isaiah Thomas in the free agency to a four-year deal. The signing of Zoran Dragic is also seen an attempt to lure brother Goran to re-sign with the team.
These off-season signings have given us a glimpse of the future of the Suns, who are looking to build on last season’s surprising success by keeping their young core together.
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