Markieff Morris should put aside his hurt feelings and realize that his best option is to stay in Phoenix, writes Paola Boivin of The Arizona Republic. Morris, who has been waging a verbal war with the Suns since his brother, Marcus, was traded to Detroit, tweeted Thursday that, “My future will not be in Phoenix.” Boivin says Morris’ constant complaining lowers his trade value at a time when deals are difficult anyway because most rosters are already set. She also notes that his two felony charges and a possible suspension will make teams think twice about pursuing him.
There’s more news from the Western Conference:
- Wesley Matthews is intrigued about playing in the Southwest Division, where all five teams made the playoffs this past season, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports. Matthews, who signed a four-year, $70MM contract with the Mavericks as an unrestricted free agent this summer, told Sneed that he prefers playing in a tough division. “You know, the West is a monster. I’m most excited about our division,” Matthews said. “I mean, this has got to be one of the most competitive and toughest divisions in all of sports. It wasn’t going to be easy regardless, and we don’t want it to be easy.” Matthews is determined to return from his torn left Achilles tendon by the start of the season, Sneed adds.
- The Spurs‘ Matt Bonner isn’t planning to retire soon, but Ian Thomsen of NBA.com writes that the 12-year veteran is thinking about life after his playing career ends. Bonner spent the offseason taking two courses in the NBPA’s career development program and is considering front-office work. But even at age 35, he expects that to be a few years away. “I’m going to play as long as I can play,” Bonner said. “With my skill set, as long as I’m healthy, I think I can keep playing. And I’m fortunate to play for an organization that values recovery and keeping guys healthy and extending careers.”
Dana Gauruder contributed to this post.