Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The Phoenix Suns have exercised their rookie contract option on power forward Markieff Morris, which would keep him in the Valley of the Sun through 2013-14.
The Phoenix Suns exercised the 2013-14 contract option for power forward Markieff Morris, which will ensure the Suns should keep their big man for the next two years. With the Suns waiving forward Ike Diogu and forward-center Solomon Jones, keeping Morris became all the more imperative.
The twin of Marcus Morris, Markieff was drafted 13th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Out of the University of Kansas, Morris averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in his rookie year with the Suns, managing to score in double figures 22 times. Morris figures to be the backup to Luis Scola this season.
For those unaware of the NBA rookie contract structure, the initial NBA rookie contract lasts two years. But after that, teams like the Suns can exercise the option to re-sign a rookie for the third year, and that option can be exercised after the rookie completes his first season in the league until Oct. 31st before the player's second season.