The NBA's Morris twins, and the Morris family/families as a whole, sure are lucky that there's no fierce sibling rivalry. In fact, not only is there no sibling rivalry but an almost hard-to-believe sense of camaraderie and generosity between the two brothers.
And the 2020 offseason is a perfect display of their commitment to share what they have with each other and negotiate the best way to move forward. Marcus Morris re-signed with the Clippers on a four-year, $64-million contract, making over three times as much as his last four-year deal, one that went for $20 million with the Suns from 2015 to 2018. Markieff Morris, seven minutes older than Marcus, is playing for $13 to $14 million fewer than his younger brother in 2020-21, as he signed a one-year, veteran minimum deal with the Lakers.
And it's all going to the same place.
That's right, the Morris twins seem to still share the joint bank account that came into the spotlight after a 2014 deal the Twins made with the Phoenix Suns (h/t Orlando Silva of Fadeaway World). The Suns offered the twins a cumulative $52 million contract over four years, which was split 32-20 in favor of Markieff — how the tables have turned as those six years have passed — but that ultimately wasn't important.
"It didn’t matter if it was me getting $5 million and Mook (Marcus) getting $8 million,” Markieff said following the 2014 deal (via Paul Coro of AZ Central). “We told them it didn’t matter. If they just put $13 (million) a year for the Morris twins, that would’ve been great. They wouldn’t even have to say our names.
"We're $52 million players."
So long as the account still works the same way, the Morris twins are now $66 million players, with more likely tacked on to that depending on how Markieff's salary situation pans out over the next three years after his current one-year deal expires. However, while he seemed to be the better player in the pair earlier in their respective careers, Marcus seems to have supplanted him. Here are their stat lines in the first half of the 2010s, followed by their stat lines in the second half.
So, it makes sense that Marcus got paid. Regardless, it's not a bad system for the two brothers. Though they're likely to eventually be pitted against each other in big games down the stretch as crosstown L.A. rivals, they don't seem to be at odds based on any financial issues.