Markieff Morris has passed Marcus Morris, and their paychecks will prove it.
Marcus was a slightly higher-rated recruit when the twins went to Kansas and was selected one pick
before surprisingly after Markieff in the 2011 draft.
But Markieff has developed into a better NBA player, and that’s why he’ll make more when their contract extensions kick in after this season.
Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic:
The lesson: Win, and you’ll get paid.
Eric Bledsoe is reaping the rewards of Phoenix’s surprising 48-win season, and Channing Frye is getting paid well in Orlando. The Morris twins – even though word was they might take a discount – are cashing in, too.
Interestingly, Markieff is getting paid the same amount as Frye, whom Markieff is expected to replace in the starting lineup. On one hand, it seems the Suns are being overly reactionary to a season in which they might have caught opponents off guard. On the other hand, they’ve also shown a forward-looking strategy by letting Frye leave and elevating Markieff.
This will work well if Markieff is ready to challenge opposing starters the same way he outplayed reserves last season. Marcus is a solid backup being paid like a good backup, and if that seems like splitting hairs, it is.
These deals seem a little high to me, but with the salary cap projected to rise drastically the next few years, neither will burn Phoenix. Perhaps most importantly, the Suns ensure they keep two young players for a while.
And the twins will certainly be happy to share a team for a while longer.
Remember Victor Liz?
He’s the sweet-shooting Dominican guard the Mavericks reportedly signed for training camp?
Well, either that deal never became official or Dallas let him out of it.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Dominican Republic free agent Victor Liz is working to re-sign overseas, meaning no deal with the Dallas Mavericks or another NBA organization, sources told RealGM.
This is no huge loss for the Mavericks. They already have 15 guaranteed contracts plus Charlie Villanueva, Doron Lamb, Ivan Johnson and Eric Griffin.
It’s unlikely any of the unguaranteed/partially guaranteed players crack the roster, and it would have been even less likely Liz was the one to make it.
If Dallas especially specifically wanted to audition a guard who’s an outside-shooting specialist, Lamb fits the bill.
For a team with a full roster, the Mavericks sure are landing some intriguing training-camp talent.
Dallas has 15 players with guaranteed contracts and is still pulling in players looking to break onto an NBA regular-season roster. While paying minimal or no guarantees, the Mavericks have landed:
Add one more to the list.
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Doron Lamb.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:
The Bucks drafted Lamb No. 42 in in 2012 out of Kentucky, and in two seasons between Milwaukee and Orlando, he’s made 39 percent of his 3-pointers.
Lamb, like Dallas’ other minimally/non-guaranteed players, is a longshot to make the roster. Most likely, the Mavericks will waive him before the season and assign him to their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
At that point, any NBA team could sign him or Lamb could go overseas, but if Dallas keeps him close and develops him, he could join the parent club at some point.
Yes, his only top-level skill is spot-up shooting. But on a team with Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler, that skill has value.