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NBA rumors – Raptors trade: Canadian team targets controversial Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker from Suns?

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Photo courtesy: Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns (Mwinog2777/Wikimedia Commons)

The Toronto Raptors want to upgrade their wing position before the trade deadline and improve their chances in the postseason

Before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 18, the Canadian team is exploring for trades, including deals for Phoenix Suns’ Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN basketball analyst Marc Stein.

In Stein’s tweets, the NBA insider stated that the Suns are still expecting for a quality player or high first round pick for the controversial Morris, who has been at odds with the Suns management since the offseason.

Morris took to social media in the summer after the Suns traded his twin brother, Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons. Morris aired his disappointment with the Phoenix’s management and publicly demanded a trade out of the Suns.

The 26-year old Morris has started 20 of 33 games this season averaging 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

The Suns are also expected to demand a high price for 30-year-old forward Tucker, who is known for his defense and three-point shooting. Tucker has started 48 of 50 games for the Suns averaging 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals.

The Raptors are still missing DeMarre Carroll, who was signed as a free agent by Toronto last season, due to an injury. Another Raptors forward, James Johnson is also injured.

Carroll is expected to return this season but additional wing depth in Tucker or Morris could help Toronto when they face the likes of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

Photo courtesy: Mwinog2777/Wikimedia Commons

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