Lakers rumors: Markieff Morris plans to speak to L.A. soon
After missing out on Darren Collison, Marcus Morris, and Reggie Jackson, the Los Angeles Lakers have another player they appear to be targeting to add to their roster for the second half of the season. Markieff Morris has reportedly agreed to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons this week and has an interest in joining the title-contending Lakers.
According to Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times, Morris will soon speak to the Lakers brass about potentially signing with the team. However, Morris also has interest from two other playoff-bound teams in the Houston Rockets and defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors.
The Lakers are a team Markieff Morris has interest in joining after his buyout from Detroit, sources. Morris plans to speak with Lakers soon. He also has interest in Toronto, Houston. Lakers had considered signing Morris last season if he was healthy. He signed with OKC instead.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 21, 2020
The Lakers have been linked to a number of players over the last few weeks as they try to keep up with the L.A. Clippers and the key additions they have made. The purple and gold were among the teams interesting in trading for Markieff’s brother, Marcus, ahead of the NBA trade deadline, but were unable to outbid their division rivals.
All signs seemed to point to the Lakers signing Collison after he showed up at a game as Jeanie Buss’ guest. Unfortunately for the team, he chose to remain retired rather than sign with either team in Los Angeles.
Jackson was the next domino to fall. The Clippers jumped at the opportunity to sign him after he also agreed to a buyout with the Pistons. That’s two players the Lakers missed out on, but the other Morris brother might be an inevitable signing for Rob Pelinka and company if they can hold off the Rockets and Raptors.