Report: Raptors interested in Suns’ forward Markieff Morris

Associated Press

Apparently the Raptors really like the Suns.

On the heels of reports the Raptors had interest in the Suns’ P.J. Tucker comes a report they have interest in another Phoenix forward — Markieff Morris. Via Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Suns have wanted to trade the disgruntled Morris all season, but other teams have been more than hesitant. His scoring is down almost five points per game, and he’s shooting less than 40 percent — he has battled with Suns coaches in the past and got fined for saying he wanted a trade. Earlier this season other teams were so put off they were telling Phoenix they would have to throw in a sweetener (a draft pick) to get them to take Morris.

The Suns are trying to showcase him more of late, and Morris dropped 30 points and grabbed 11 boards on Tuesday. Will a couple of strong performances change minds around the league enough to get a deal done?

The Suns have serviceable veterans Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson at the four — Morris at his best would be an upgrade to that rotation. But will they get his best? Will he bring chemistry issues, or would he bring a new attitude to Toronto? Or do you take Tucker, who would fit in and bring some physicality to the roster?

One way or another, the Suns will make a move before the deadline.