Thursday's roundup: Wizards' Morris detained at Philadelphia airport

The Detroit News
Markieff Morris

Washington — Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport and then released, the Associated Press reported.

The Wizards said in a statement they “spoke with Markieff earlier today and will continue to gather more details.”

Tinicum Township Police and Morris’ lawyer did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The 26-year-old Morris is from Philadelphia. The Wizards acquired him from the Phoenix Suns at the NBA trade deadline.

Morris and twin brother Marcus, a forward for the Detroit Pistons, were indicted by an Arizona grand jury last year on felony aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating a man outside a Phoenix recreation center. The case is still pending.

According to a Phoenix police report, Erik Hood said five people including the Morris brothers repeatedly punched and kicked him.

All five then left the area in a Rolls-Royce Phantom as bystanders began to appear. Police say it is alleged that Hood was assaulted for sending an inappropriate text message to the Morris brothers’ mother.

Report: Rockets sign D'Antoni

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with Mike D’Antoni on a four-year deal to make him their new head coach.

The two sides came to agreement on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the hiring.

The 65-year-old D’Antoni has long been thought of as one of the most innovative offensive minds in basketball. He led the Phoenix Suns to two Western Conference finals appearances in five seasons and also coached the Knicks, Lakers and Nuggets.

In Houston, D’Antoni will team with James Harden to form a formidable offensive tandem. D’Antoni replaces interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over for the fired Kevin McHale early in the season.