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Pistons signed Markieff Morris because of his ‘physicality’ and ‘toughness’

Markieff Morris, Pistons

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey says small forward Markieff Morris’ physicality and toughness are really going to help the team in 2019-20.

Morris signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Pistons in free agency. He split time with the Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder last season.

“As a backup four/five is a role that I think will help us. His toughness, his physicality, his rebounding is huge,” Casey told Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.

“His size, I thought adding length to our team and size. Now we can go small without really going small. You get a guy like Markieff, possibly could play some at the five. The way we want to play, it’s a possibility. Just his overall physicality, his toughness, his ability to rebound the ball is really going to help us a lot.”

In 2018-19, Markieff Morris averaged 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line. His brother, Marcus Morris, played for the Pistons before, so the franchise knows what they’re going to get from the 30-year-old.

The Pistons made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016, but they got swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Detroit will look to build off last season and make a deep postseason run in 2019-20.