Marcus Morris had played in all but one of Houston's games this season, making 17 starts. He was averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The Suns took Markieff with the 13th pick in 2011 draft and Marcus was right behind him again, going to Houston at No. 14.
Morris was beaming about the thought of joining his twin older brother, Markieff, on the Phoenix roster.
"If I was to be traded, that's where I would want to go," Marcus Morris said outside the Rockets' locker room. "I think Houston knew that. That's all I did was talk about my brother and how happy I was to play with him. I'm excited. That's all I can say."
The Suns entered their game against Golden State with the worst record in the West (18-36), but that didn't seem to matter to Morris.
"It's my first trade," Morris said. "All I kept hearing was, it's a business. It happens. I mean, it does happen. I'm excited to see where my career can go from here."
Suns coach Lindsey Hunter wouldn't talk about the deal specifically, but acknowledged that Phoenix is building for the future.
"We're trying to get better," he said. "We're trying to build a foundation of something that we hope will last."
AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez contributed from Oakland, Calif.