The Morris brothers have always wanted to play together.

UPDATE: Added the formal presser at the end of this story

"Since day one, since the day we picked up a basketball," Markieff Morris said at the press conference where the Suns announced signing the twins for $52 million over 4 years. "This was our dream to play on the same team. We did it in college, did it in high school, and now the Suns made our dream come true."

The Phoenix Suns acquire Marcus Morris less than two years after he was drafted by the Houston Rockets one pick later than Markieff in the 2011 Draft,

"Every time we played the Suns," Marcus said. "I would see Lon and he would tell me he's coming to get me."

"That's off the record," Babby interjected.

Now, the Suns committed to keeping these players together for the next five seasons (one more on their rookie deals, then four more after that).

"It's been a great joy for me personally," Babby said. "To watch them since they've come to the Suns. Not only on the court but as men and leaders of our franchise. These two young guys have such a bond between them, we had to try to find a way to keep them together. The synergy between them will only grow. They are great representatives of our franchise."

Of course, things can change in the NBA, players can be traded. But the Suns have always known - and appreciated - that the Morris twins are a package deal.

With the agreement of managing partner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough, he offered a total of $52 million over 4 years to the brothers as a package deal, and asked them to split it how they wanted.

"We wasn't even thinking about [extensions]," Marcus said at Media Day. "We were just trying to prepare for the season. It came out of nowhere, actually. We got it done, and we're just looking forward to the season now."

"I did something I've never done before," Lon Babby said to Bright Side of the Morris negotiations. "Once we agreed on the amount of money, I gave them the first crack at how to divide it up."

"Once we agreed on the amount of money, I gave them the first crack at how to divide it up."

Wait, what?

"I didn't want there to be any disconnect," he explained. "What I knew would happen is that they are each the best advocate for the other one. So Markieff is going to be worried about what Marcus is getting and Marcus is going to be worried about Markieff. I didn't want to mess up that dynamic, so I gave them a chance and they came up with a good solution."

Somehow, the brothers agreed to a split pretty quickly and it wasn't even right down the middle. Markieff gets $8 million per year, while Marcus gets $5 million per year. Keef put up 13 and 6 in 26 minutes per game last year, while Marcus put up 10 and 4 in 20 minutes. This year, Markieff is slated to start at power forward, backed up by brother Marcus. Keef can slide to the center position in small lineups while Marcus can slide to small forward. They will likely play a number of minutes together each game.

Babby said there are aren't any "no trade" clauses in their contracts, but the twins do not want to be separated and the Suns know they play better together.

"This was the only way," Markieff said regarding free agency for he and his brother. "If we were open [to being separated] we probably wouldn't have signed [yet]."

"This was the only way. If we were open [to being separated], we probably wouldn't have signed [yet]." -Markieff Morris on staying with Marcus

Now, the Suns have signed most of their core to long-term contracts.

"All of this was designed to make sure we had no distractions," Babby said. "That we were able to move forward from that higher level [established last year] and give ourselves the best chance of having another great season."

"It's a dream come true," Markieff said. "We'd like to thank the Suns for believing in us. It feels like a family atmosphere and we felt it was right to re-sign as early as we did and be a part of this family for the long term."

In fact, only Goran Dragic, Gerald Green and Shavlik Randolph are free agents next summer. Anthony Tolliver could join them, as only $400,000 of his $3 million contract is guaranteed.

Dragic is almost certain to re-sign, now that Zoran Dragic is on the team and the Suns have proven that they take care of their own.suns-cap-update

"Our core is young," GM Ryan McDonough said. "The nucleus of the team is sustainable, and can grow together over time. When were healthy last year, our numbers were pretty good.

"We value stability. We don't want to be a team that turns their roster over every year, especially unnecessarily. We wanted to get our core take care of."

When asked if the Morris brothers were proud they paired up on the Suns ahead of the Dragic brothers, Marcus was first to clarify.

"They're brothers. We're twins. There's something unique going on here, man. We got to get Mason [Plumlee] next."

Here's the formal presser, taken by Bright Side's Evan Wendt:

PHOENIX — The Morris twins’ contract extension (yes, singular) was announced the morning before Suns media day, a rare case for one rookie contract extension, let alone two. Markieff and...

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Contributor Evan Wendt joined us on Media Day to film some exclusive content for Bright Side. This is just the first installment of great video from today.

Take a look!

Finally, we get to hear some NEW info from the front office, coaches and players as they prepare to kick off the 2014-15 season with everyone under contract and then some.

The Phoenix Suns officially open the club's 47th NBA season on Monday, September 29, when the club hosts its annual Media Day on the Annexus Practice Court at US Airways Center with interview and photo availability from 10 a.m. to noon.

Media Day will begin with a press conference featuring President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, General Manager Ryan McDonough, Head Coach Jeff Hornacek and guard Eric Bledsoe at 10 a.m.

I assume Bledsoe's press conference will be followed by a Zoran Dragic presser, but maybe the Suns don't want to make the relatively small signing a big deal. The did only sign for $3.5 million over two years, plus a payoff of his buyout clause. We shall see.

The Bright Side staff will have 4 staffers there (Dave King, Kris Habbas, Sean Sullivan and Jim Coughenour) at the 2-hour event plus a videographer (Suns fan, Evan Wendt). We'll be all over that practice court like solar flares. Hopefully we'll get some great video, audio and photo coverage of the event.

With so many of us, we'll have an opportunity to talk to most of the players. will also be live-streaming the event as it unfolds, using their new digital network called RISE.

The Phoenix Suns, recipients of the NBA's Digital Innovator Award earlier this year, are introducing RISE, a new digital network featuring exclusive video content available on and through the team's official mobile app. RISE will launch on Monday, September 29 with a livestream of Suns Media Day, beginning at 10 a.m., including multiple camera angles and a first-person view via Google Glass.

The RISE digital network will feature a new talk show, "Four Quarters," as well as Annexus Practice Reports, roundtable discussions with Suns broadcasters and alumni, an interactive postgame show with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, player profiles and more.

In addition, RISE will offer daily coverage from Suns Training Camp on the live show "Training Camp Today, powered by Verizon." Training camp coverage will culminate with a livestream of the Suns Scrimmage on Saturday, October 4 at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff. Coverage will begin at noon.

Bright Side won't be up in Flagstaff throughout the week, but we've got Media Day and the scrimmage covered!

Help us out. Leave us some questions to ask the players!

PHOENIX — Suns fans, media membersĀ and NBA front office people all wondered the same thing. Why had free agentĀ Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns taken so long to reach an agreement on a new...

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