Markieff Morris apologizes to Suns teammates, coaches and fans

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Markieff Morris threw a towel at Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. Morris apologized.

The Suns asked him to apologize again. He did.

Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic:

He apologized to his coach and teammates and had a meeting with Suns management before rejoining the Suns for Tuesday’s practice.

”We definitely had a successful meeting and I’m just happy to be back,” Morris said.

Morris also said Tuesday that he regretted comments he made over the summer, when he used social media and a Philadelphia Inquirer interview to say that he would not return to the Suns.

“I could’ve did that different based on the fans,” Morris said Tuesday after Suns practice. “I think I owe the fans an apology for saying some of the stuff I said. They deserve better.”

Morris played 20 minutes in Phoenix’s loss to the Spurs last night, his first game back from his two-game suspension.

If Morris still wants to be traded – he said he wanted to be with the Suns, but that was after stronger statements to the contrary – this is how he must handle it. Phoenix shouldn’t attach a sweetener just to dump Morris, but that might be what it takes considering Morris’ on- and off-court struggles.

Whatever his motivation, credit Morris for handling his issues better now. The Suns demanding Morris apologize a second time struck me as a bit strange, but better just to do it and move on.

That’s his best chance of making it work in Phoenix – or getting dealt to a team he’d prefer.