Talks have been floating around about the Toronto Raptors making a potential deal for Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris. After the Suns traded his brother Marcus, he is reportedly unhappy with his situation, and Toronto has been repeatedly listed as a hot destination and good fit for the big man.
A recent report has stated:
And now he is prepared to do whatever it takes to force Phoenix to deal him. He likes Houston because of James Harden and Toronto because of Kyle Lowry, but he honestly doesn’t care where he gets dealt as long as he is not wearing a Suns uniform.
So, he has interest in Toronto. Sort of. ESPN insider also reported that the Raptors ‘could’ make a strong bid for Morris, with a package revolving around Patrick Patterson.
Morris and Patterson are similar. They can both shoot the 3, albeit 2Pat definitely has a better stroke. However, Morris is a superior defender and post player. While he’s not your ideal starting power forward for the future, he can be a decent option and provide a solid 25 minutes a night. He’s also only 25, and on a good value long term contract.
With that being said, do you want to acquire a guy who is somewhat whining about his situation, and deal Patterson, who is loved by the city and his team? I can’t see Morris as a player that pushes the Raptors over the top, and the risk associated may not be worth it. Another important note is that there hasn’t been a report that states any interest actually coming from the Raptors camp – it’s all speculation thus far. So, the chance of a deal at this point is unlikely.