The Suns and the Pelicans are off to slower-than-expected starts this season, and both teams have at least one player on the roster who is a prime trade candidate, albeit for very different reasons.
Markieff Morris has been relegated to DNP-CD status as of late, and while he's been nothing but the consummate professional on the record since training camp began, the fact that he was openly disgruntled about his brother being traded this summer may have something to do with his significant dip in production.
Over in New Orleans, Ryan Anderson has provided consistent scoring off the bench as usual, but the problem for the Pelicans is that he'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and with the team needing a talent upgrade at multiple positions, it's unclear whether they'd be willing to step up with the type of big-money offer that Anderson will require.
The Suns will almost certainly trade Morris, but they too might not be interested in shelling out big bucks for Anderson at the conclusion of the upcoming season. Phoenix will likely try to get more of a long-term piece in exchange for Morris, but the potential deal for Anderson will remain something to watch.
Backup power forward Ryan Anderson remains a viable trade piece for the Pelicans, sources say. The Pelicans have had exploratory conversations with the Phoenix Suns since last week involving a possible trade involving power forward Markieff Morris in exchange for Anderson, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $8.5 million this season.