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MarShon Brooks was headed to the Phoenix Suns. Then, he wasn’t.
Because the Suns didn’t want him.
After being part of one of the most bizarre sagas in the NBA in recent memory, Brooks, the Memphis Grizzlies guard, was reportedly heading to Phoenix as part of a three-team deal that also included Trevor Ariza heading from the Suns to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
The deal fell apart because of a miscommunication that occurred because, apparently, no one was sure if it was MarShon Brooks or Dillon Brooks, a second-year forward, headed to the Suns. A report said Phoenix requested Dillon Brooks’ physical.
Still in Memphis, MarShon Brooks told reporters before Saturday night’s game against the Houston Rockets that the strange scenario that went down Friday night has served to reinforce his belief the NBA is a business.
MarShon Brooks said his piece about last night's non-trade:
"When guys like a Jimmy Butler or Kevin Durant go to different teams, and want to play where they want to play, you see why." pic.twitter.com/ape2It3DHZ
— Clayton Collier (@Local24Clayton) December 16, 2018
“I’m not frustrated with the situation, it is what it is, it’s a business,” Brooks said. “I understand that, we all understand that. I will say this, though — when guys like a Jimmy Butler or Kevin Durant go to different teams and want to play where they want to play, you see why. It’s a business on both sides.”
The trade was eventually reconstructed by the Suns and the Wizards without the Grizzlies on Saturday morning, as Phoenix sent Ariza to Washington in exchange for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers.