Raptors trade rumors: Markieff Morris, PJ Tucker on radar ahead of deadline

Raptors trade rumors: Markieff Morris, PJ Tucker on radar ahead of deadline

The Toronto Raptors are reportedly one of several teams interested in trading for Phoenix Suns winger P.J Tucker and forward Markieff Morris ahead of February 18 trade deadline, ESPN NBA writer Marc Stein reported on Wednesday.

The Raptors, looking for a solid reliever for starter DeMarre Carroll at small forward position along with a much needed firepower off the bench, are expected to make a strong bid for the 30-year old Tucker.

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Tucker is averaging 6.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in 29 minutes per game for the Suns (ESPN/NBA Stats), who are going to be an active player on the trading market following the firing of Jeff Hornacek from his head coaching post.

A second round pick by the Raptors in 2006, he saw limited action in Toronto before spending the new few years overseas. He made his NBA comeback with the Phoenix in 2012 and has become an integral part of the team with his three-point shooting and defense.

With Carroll and his backup James Johnson nursing injuries, the Raptors believes Tucker’s ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor will keep them in shape until Carroll is healthy enough to retake back his role.

Aside from Tucker, the Raptors continued to have their eyes on disgruntled forward Markieff Morris, who is eager to have a fresh start in his career after drama-filled offseason that saw his brother, Marcus Morris, traded to the Detroit Pistons.

According to Toronto Suns writer Ryan Wolstat, both Tucker and Morris apparently made a strong impression following their solid game against the Raptors.

“A day after Suns forwards Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker had strong efforts against the Raptors, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Raptors had some level of interest in both players.”

The Raptors (33-16) are in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, just behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (35-13).

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