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Report: Suns expect a lot in return for Morris

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 00:11:00-05

The Phoenix Suns are actively looking to deal disgruntled forward Markieff Morris by Thursday's trade deadline -- but they're also willing to hold on to him if they don't get exactly what they want in return.

That's according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who said the Suns won't be satisfied with just a draft pick in exchange for Morris.

According to NBA executives, Suns GM Ryan McDonough "has been pursuing a package that includes a younger player and a first-round pick," Wojnarowski wrote.

"The Suns are motivated to honor Morris' desire for a trade – and have no intention of bringing him back next season – but teams are starting to think the Suns could hold on to Morris past the Thursday trade deadline without a deal that brings back a player of value with a first-round pick."

See also: ABC15's Craig Fouhy and Jason Snavely debate whether the Suns should trade Morris

If the Suns don't get what they're looking for, Wojnarowski said the Suns may wait until the offseason to trade Morris, who picked a fight on the bench with his own teammate last week.

"Morris' contract has three years, $24 million left after the this season, which is still on the low end for a player of his talent – whatever the recurring issues with his attitude and professionalism," he wrote.

On Feb. 3, ESPN's Marc Stein said the Toronto Raptors may be interested in trading for Morris and fellow forward P.J. Tucker -- but the Suns expect a "nice pick" in return.

See also: 3 potential trades the Suns could make before Thursday's deadline