Markieff Morris finally feeling 100% ahead of 2018-19 season
Markieff Morris has recently battled some injuries during his past two seasons with the Washington Wizards, first a sprained left ankle injury after the 2016-17 postseason and later underwent a sports hernia surgery just before the 2017-18 season began.
This time around, he will have a clean bill of health and hit the ground running coming into this 2018-19 season, hoping it can translate into his season-long performance.
“I’m finally 100 percent, so I feel good,” Morris told Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington at his annual backpack giveaway in Southeast Washington on Saturday. “My play is gonna speak for itself. The most important thing we’ve gotta do is win as a team. That’s the most important thing.”
The Wizards swiftly made some changes throughout the offseason, first dumping Marcin Gortat on a trade for Austin Rivers with the L.A. Clippers, then inking free agent center Dwight Howard to replace Gortat over a two-year, $11 million deal.
“I think it’s a great pickup. Dwight has been a great player his entire career. He averaged [16.6] and [12.5] last year,” Morris said. “Every time we played against him he has been a matchup problem for us. I’m excited to have him and welcome him to D.C.”
Washington also drafted a capable rookie in Troy Brown out of Oregon, who is bound to see some playing time backing up Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. on the wing.
The Wizards are hoping to be a dark horse candidate to take over a wide-open Eastern Conference, and if healthy can help Morris and company, they should be in the conversation with the roster improvements they’ve made this offseason.