Markieff Morris speaks out on what he can bring to Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers newcomer Markieff Morris will soon make his debut with the team. The veteran power forward thinks he can be an X-factor for the Lakers while allowing Kyle Kuzma to “play his natural position at the 3,” according to Harrison Faigen of SB Nation’s Silver Screen and Roll .
Morris, who was bought out by the Detroit Pistons, agreed to sign with the Lakers quickly after, now residing in the same city as his twin brother Marcus, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this month.
The two played together during their days with the Phoenix Suns but were soon broken up as part of the business that is the NBA. The Morris twins starred at Kansas together, declared for the NBA Draft together, and even played for the same team for several years before disbanding — now bound to take part in one of the league’s best rivalries this season.
Markieff is averaging 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists this season. His acquisition should give the Lakers a natural power forward who can take the load off Kuzma, who says he’s more comfortable on the wing.
Morris started in 16 of his 44 games with the Pistons after finishing his three-plus-year stint with the Washington Wizards and getting dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the deadline last season.
His role has normally decreased after February in the past two seasons, but he has a good opportunity in hand for a Lakers team that needs some depth in the frontcourt before the start of the postseason.