Wizards get Markieff Morris from Suns at deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) A week after scuffling with a teammate, forward Markieff Morris was traded Thursday by the free-falling Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards, a team hoping to boost its chances of making the playoffs.

Phoenix received a first-round draft pick – protected to the ninth spot – and forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair in exchange for the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris.

Speaking to reporters while riding a hoverboard on his way out of the Suns' arena Thursday, Morris expressed his thanks to that team and said: ''I'm just ready to move on.''

The move ends a tumultuous tenure in Phoenix for Morris, who was suspended for two games in December after throwing a towel at since-fired coach Jeff Hornacek during a game. And then, during a first-quarter timeout in the Suns' most recent game, a 112-104 home loss to the league-leading Golden State Warriors last week, Morris got into a physical confrontation with Archie Goodwin on the sideline, exchanging shoves.