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Markieff Morris hoping to return for Wizards right after All-Star break

Markieff Morris

Washington Wizards big man Markieff Morris, who has been sidelined since the end of December due to a neck injury, is hoping to return right after the All-Star break, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

While nothing is set in stone yet, Morris is targeting the break as to when he will be cleared for full contact, which could put him on track to play in the Wizards’ first game after the hiatus on Feb. 22.

Morris has been out since Dec. 28.

On the season, Morris is averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds over 26 minutes per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line.

A starter for the Wizards in each of his first two-and-a-half seasons with the club, Morris has primarily been relegated to a bench role this season, as he has started just 15 of the 34 contests in which he has played.

The 29-year-old arrived in Washington after a midseason trade with the Phoenix Suns during the 2015-16 campaign.

The following season, Morris went on to have one of the most productive seasons of his career, registering 14 points, 6.5 boards and 1.1 steals across 31.2 minutes a night while making 45.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, 36.2 percent of his long-distance tries and 83.7 percent of his foul shots.

However, Morris hardly had the same type of success last year, recording just 11.5 points and 5.6 boards a night.

Morris, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas, was originally selected by the Suns in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.