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Wizards coach Scott Brooks optimistic Markieff Morris could return vs. Suns

The Washington Wizards could finally have power forward Markieff Morris back in action for the first time this season. According to the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said Morris will practice on Tuesday and could be in line to play in the team’s next game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Morris missed training camp, the preseason, and the team’s first six games after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia during the offseason. He averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his first full year with the Wizards last season as he emerged as a key part of their excellent starting unit.

The Wizards have still had a strong 4-2 start to the year even without Morris, though, with third-year forward Kelly Oubre starting five of the six games alongside Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat in the Wizards’ frontcourt. Oubre has done well in the starting role, averaging 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds, and shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc in 35.2 minutes per game.

Morris’ return will nevertheless be a big boost to the Wizards. Not only will they have their preferred starting lineup back intact, but Oubre can also return to the bench for a Wizards team whose main weakness remains its lack of depth.