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Lakers interested in signing Markieff Morris, if healthy

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in acquiring recently-waived forward Markieff Morris if he proves to be healthy, according to Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers still have a roster spot available after trading Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the L.A. Clippers for Mike Muscala on Thursday, minutes before the trade deadline.

Morris has dealt with health complications this season and is seeking a second opinion on his neck injury. The 6-foot-9 power forward was diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia and ruled out for six weeks during his tenure with the Washington Wizards.

He was then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and recently waived by the team, awaiting his next destination.

Neck injuries are delicate and potentially career-derailing if not treated correctly, which has give the Lakers pause to acquire him as a veteran free agent.

If healthy, Morris could be the punch off the bench the Lakers so direly need, able to shoot the ball from deep, rebound and defend at a high level.

It’s also worthy to note that Morris is a Klutch Sports Group client, just like Lakers star LeBron James, making the natural connection to the Klutchification that’s bound to take place during the next month, as the Lakers seek out ways to fine-tune this roster.

Morris averaged 11.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his fourth season with the Wizards, making 15 starts in 34 appearances in 2018-19.