The Houston Rockets are reportedly looking into options to offload power forward Terrence Jones. At the same time information emerged regarding Houston’s interest in Phoenix Suns power forward (stretch four) Markieff Morris.
It was first noticed by ESPN’s NBA insider Marc Stein on Twitter who reported Markieff Morris first season DNP-CD (did not play – coach’s decision) against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Last night in the Suns’ victory vs the Chicago Bulls, Kieff played for only 7 minutes and didn’t score a single point.
As Markieff slowly but surely falls from grace with the Suns organization, the Rockets are emerging as the premiere potential suitor for the Suns power forward. Whatever trade package is being articulated it must wait until December 15th when Markieff and (anyone signed or traded in the summer) become eligible to be traded .
Whichever deal is constructed, the Rockets most definitely would have to include 23 year-old Terrence Jones. A lot of teams are currently gauging interest in the talented player and analysts are weighing in on TJ as one of the most attractive deals to be made.
While Terrence Jones does provide the Rockets with versatility on the offensive end, he will become a restricted free-agency next year and will Donatas Motiejunas who returns and in the same situation as TJ. Houston must reach a decision sooner rather than later on whom they choose to go forward with and capitalize the other player in a trade.
Markieff Morris is coming off his best season yet with career-high averages of 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists. He is 26 years old.
As for Terrence Jones he keeps getting tangled in weird injuries once again but it looks like he has found his role coming from the bench for the Rockets averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds in the last 3 games.
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