NBA fines Markieff Morris $10,000 for expressing desire to be traded from the Suns
Though Morris hasn’t explicitly and publicly demanded a trade – a clear no-no from the NBA’s perspective – he has come close enough to draw the league’s attention.
This is why you rarely hear players demand trades anymore. It happens through agents and anonymous sources, allowing the player to create the necessary discord while avoiding a fine.
Perhaps, Morris could argue he was just predicting he would be traded, not demanding it. Most of his quotes are a variation of, “I am not going to be there.”
But this probably crosses the line into demanding. Morris, via Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:
The Suns might not let Morris move on, which could lead to Morris trying harder to make them unsatisfied with him. If he wants to keep his money, though, his next step won’t involve public on-the-record statements about his unhappiness.
The NBA would prefer he gripe anonymously and behind the scenes.