RUMOR: Rockets eyeing free agent Markieff Morris
The Houston Rockets could be putting a close eye on free agent Markieff Morris and his health situation, as a potential candidate to join the team, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.
Morris, who is dealing with a neck injury, recently sought out a second opinion for it and now expects to be back right after the All-Star Game, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.
His injury has now sidelined him for over six weeks, and put an asterisk by his name in the free agent pool, as teams are looking for players that can help right away,
If healthy, the versatile power forward could prove to be Mike D’Antoni’s dream, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound stretch-four (but don’t call him that, he’s not a fan) — one that could help the Rockets snipe from long-range, while giving them a strong defender with an edge.
Houston is reportedly intrigued with the potential of adding him to the roster, with two more acquisitions to make in the next two weeks to satisfy the minimum of 14 players in a roster.
Morris had an up-and-down season with the Washington Wizards, averaging 11.5 points while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and only 33.3 percent from deep, along with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Yet the veteran forward could benefit from the all-around green light under coach Mike D’Antoni, who has been known to lust for perimeter-skilled big men, making Morris a plug-and-play for a Rockets team that cleared out all of their tax baggage by the trade deadline.