Western Notes: Morris, Brase, Arthur

Markieff Morris, who has reportedly cut off contact with the Suns and supposedly wants out of Phoenix in the wake of his twin brother, Marcus Morris, being dealt to the Pistons, is considered a good teammate, according to Phoenix guard Archie Goodwin, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic writes. In an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio on Monday, Goodwin said, “I can’t speak too much on that situation but I can say that the last couple years I’ve been with [him], Markieff is a great guy, one of my favorite guys to be around. He’s a really positive guy to me and for everybody else. He’s always been a team-first guy. I love Markieff. I love Marcus. I hope [Markieff] stays with us. I don’t know what’s going to happen with that situation. That’s why I really can’t speak on it. I really enjoy being around him and I wish the best for him whether he is with us or another team.” Coro recently chatted with Hoops Rumors about a number of topics regarding the Suns, and you can read the full interview here.

Here’s more out of the Western Conference:

  • Matt Brase is expected to be named head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets‘ NBA D-League affiliate, sources have informed Adam Johnson of D-League Digest. Brase is currently the director of player personnel for Houston, and was a former assistant coach for the Vipers, Johnson notes. Brase replaces former coach Nevada Smith, who spent two seasons with the Vipers and compiled an overall record of 60-46, including a mark of 27-23 last season, Johnson adds. The Rockets organization cut ties with Smith at the end of 2014/15.
  • Samuel Dalembert received a fully guaranteed minimum salary on his one-year deal with the Mavericks, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweets. Dallas will pay $947,276 and the league will cover the rest of the $1,499,187 tab for the 14-year vet. The club currently has 15 guaranteed contracts and 19 players overall, Pincus adds.
  • The Nuggets used their room exception to re-sign Darrell Arthur to a two-year pact, and the forward’s deal includes a player option worth $2,940,630 for the 2016/17 season, Pincus tweets.

Chuck Myron and Dana Gauruder contributed to this post.

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4 thoughts on “Western Notes: Morris, Brase, Arthur

  1. Chuck Myron

    I thought Arthur might have ended up with a little more than that. That’s a pay cut from the more than $3.457MM he made this past season.

  2. Daniel

    I think the mavs should sign carlos boozer. I think they have enough money to go get one more guy for the big men on our bench. Dalembert is good but he isn’t you know super good. Get Carlos Boozer and you have a guy who can come in for Dirk and give some solid minutes for him and zaza at the center. If u do all of this then the bench will look like this next season:

    Devin Harris
    Raymond Felton
    JJ Barea
    Charlie Villiveauna
    Samuel Dalembert
    Carlos Boozer
    Dwight Powell (maybe 2016-2017)

    Its solid but results need to happen

    • Chris Crouse

      Boozer can certainty still contribute. He could give Dallas 15-20 minutes a game, similar to what Elton Brand gave the team a few years ago. Defensively, It will be an issue playing him and Dirk together, but the offense could really tick with two skilled big men.


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