Pistons, Markieff Morris agree on buyout

Tanya Simon
February 22, 2020

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as a front-runner to sign Morris, 30, and that the Toronto Raptors also have expressed interest.

The Detroit Pistons have entered a full-blown rebuilding phase now that Blake Griffin is out for the season and they have traded Andre Drummond, and they are not going to make veteran forward Markieff Morris stick around for it.

The Lakers were then unable to sign either Darren Collison or Reggie Jackson, who also joined the Clippers.

It's unclear which teams will compete for the forward given that a number vets have already cleared waivers and latched on with new clubs, including forwards like Marvin Williams and DeMarre Carroll.

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Robinson's 21-man squad contains 14 of the 17 players from October's Grand Final team which won 14-8 against Canberra Raiders.

Morris had signed a two-year contract with Detroit in July that was to have paid him $3.2 million this season and included a $3.36 million player option for next season.

The Lakers were in talks with the New York Knicks to acquire Marcus Morris ahead of the National Basketball Association trade deadline but they were ultimately beat out by the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded a 2020 first round pick and Moe Harkless to NY in exchange for the veteran forward.

Morris is averaging 11.1 points, .39 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 22.5 minutes over 44 games this season with the Pistons.

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