Five days after NetsDaily reported “mutual interest” between the Nets and free agent Markieff Morris, the two sides have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, which ESPN reports, is non-guaranteed.
Shams Charania was first with the news...
An addition who brings production and leadership as an 11-year NBA veteran. Morris was part of the 2020 Lakers championship team and now is set to join Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons in Brooklyn. He is expected to undergo a physical with the team this week. https://t.co/GFsTrke9yD— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 30, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing a non-guaranteed one-year deal for free agent forward Markieff Morris, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
Morris himself confirmed Brooklyn is his next destination in a tweet Tuesday afternoon...
Brooklynnnn!!— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) August 30, 2022
Late Sunday, Marc Stein had reported the two were in “advanced discussions...
Update: The Nets have moved into advanced discussions with free agent forward Markieff Morris as Brooklyn seeks to bolster its frontcourt, league sources say.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 29, 2022
My earlier around-the-league notes column: https://t.co/t5akSYVuKz
Morris, a 32-year-old 6’8” power forward, was an unrestricted free agent and the Nets had an opening on their 15-man roster. With the signings of Morris and Yuta Watanabe, the Nets currently have four openings on their 20-man training camp roster: three Exhibit 10s and a two-way deal that David Duke Jr. is expected to fill.
With the Kevin Durant trade request rescinded and the Nets not need to keep roster spots open for flexibility.
The twin brother of the Clippers Marcus Morris, Morris is a 12-year NBA veteran who played for Miami last season where he only played 17 games due mostly to injury. In 17.5 minutes per game, the Philadelphia native averaged 7.6 points on 47/33/89 shooting splits and 2.6 rebounds. For his career, Morris has averaged 10.9 points on 44/35/78 splits. In recent years, playing for the Heat and before that the Lakers, Pistons and Thunder, he has come off the bench, starting only 61 games in five seasons.
Stein noted that the 32-year-old was known to be “a vocal locker room presence” while on the 2019/20 championship-winning Lakers club, and could be a good fit for a Brooklyn team.
Brian Lewis noted that while Morris has played power forward most of his career, he could wind up as a small ball 5 in Brooklyn.
Morris, who turns 33 on Friday, has been a power forward his whole career, but might be tried filling in as a backup small-ball center.
Four days ago, our Chris Milholen was first to report the “mutual interest.”
- Brooklyn Nets, Markieff Morris finalizing one-year deal, sources say - ESPN
- Nets sign Markieff Morris to add depth, veteran presence - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Forward Markieff Morris, Nets agree to one-year deal - Steve Popper - Newsday
- Nets sign Markieff Morris to one-year deal: report - Robert Sanchez - SNY
- Markieff Morris To Provide Much-Needed Depth For Brooklyn Nets - Brett Siegel - Sports Illustrated
- Report: Markieff Morris, Nets agree to deal - NBA.com
- NBA free agency: Nets, veteran Markieff Morris agree to one-year deal, per report - Sam Quinn - CBS Sports
- Nets sign Markieff Morris to one-year deal: Report - Ryan Chichester - WFAN
- Nets moving closer to signing Markieff Morris - Brian Lewis - New York Post