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Lakers, Rockets among playoff teams interested in Markieff Morris

Lakers, Rockets, Markieff Morris

The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are among the playoff teams who have reportedly shown interest in free agent small forward Markieff Morris, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Morris began this season with the Washington Wizards. Washington traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 7. New Orleans then released Morris since he was dealing with a lingering neck injury.

However, Morris has been cleared to play ball again after seeing a neck specialist in Los Angeles.

Free-agent forward Markieff Morris has been cleared to play after recovering from a neck injury and has garnered interest from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told Yahoo Sports.

On Monday, he sought a second opinion from renowned spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins of Los Angeles and was cleared to resume full basketball activities.

Morris averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists with the Wizards this season while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line. He hasn’t played since Dec. 26 because of the neck ailment.

The Lakers are 28-28 on the season, 10th place in the Western Conference standings. They have also been linked to signing LeBron James’ pal, Carmelo Anthony.

The Rockets, meanwhile, are 32-23, fifth place in the West.