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Celtics’ Marcus Morris doesn’t want his brother Markieff Morris to sign with East contender

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The New Orleans Pelicans acquired big man Markieff Morris in a trade with the Washington Wizards ahead of the trade deadline this week, but the Pelicans are likely to waive Morris.

Morris would certainly have a fit on a contender when he gets healthy, as his ability to space the floor and defend multiple positions brings some value.

However, Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris — you know, Markieff’s twin brother — does not want his sibling landing with an Eastern Conference contender:

“I’d rather have him go to the West,” said Marcus, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

Of course, the Celtics could always sign Markieff. Marcus says he would love that, but he understands that there won’t be as much of an opportunity for Markieff in Boston as there would be elsewhere, given the fact that Boston’s frontcourt is pretty packed with the likes of Al Horford, Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis and Marcus himself.

Now, there is also a chance that Markieff does not even play anytime soon regardless of who tries to sign him, as he is dealing with a neck injury that has kept him out for over a month. The 29-year-old is going to seek a second opinion on the issue, which is almost never a good sign.

In 34 games for the Wizards this season, Morris averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds over 26 minutes per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line.

He had spent the last three and a half years in Washington after coming over in a trade with the Phoenix Suns midway through the 2015-16 campaign.