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Marcus Morris (ankle) questionable for Knicks vs. Lakers

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New York Knicks veteran forward Marcus Morris is questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden.

According to the team’s injury report, Morris is dealing with a sprained left ankle, which he likely sustained during Monday’s showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 30-year-old forward has been the Knicks’ best player this season. In fact, in their match against the Cavs, he top-scored the team with 19 points as they secured a 106-86 victory on the road.

For the season, he is averaging 19.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 45.7 percent from deep and 82.0 percent from the charity stripe.

Morris was sidelined for five games previously due to a neck injury, which stemmed from an incident while playing with his infant son.

Morris has been the subject of many trade rumors due to the his one-year expiring deal, making him a free agent in the summer. The Kansas Jayhawk product spurred the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs this past offseason so he could sign a one-year “prove it” deal with the Knicks.

So far that has gone successful despite missing eight games through half of the 82-game season this year. Now, Morris is expected to get an upgrade as a free agent by July.

Before then, however, it has been speculated that Marcus Morris could be moved by New York before the Feb. 6 trade deadline, with the Clippers and Lakers among interested parties. The Knicks, however, have also leaked that they would prefer keeping the forward on the team despite his growing trade value.