• Lakers, Celtics interested to trade for Markieff Morris
  • Bucks, Clippers, Sixers also expressed interest
  • Pistons looking to rebuild

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are reportedly among several teams who have expressed interest in trading for Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer posted the rumor with a few more hours left before the trade deadline, saying that as his twin brother Marcus of the Knicks continues to be a hot topic of trade discussions, Markieff is silently drawing interest from contenders at the home stretch before the deadline.

Along with the Lakers and Celtics are the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in the joust to potentially acquire the 30-year-old.

“Marcus Morris and the Knicks have everyone's attention, but the Pistons have also received calls from multiple contenders for his brother, Markieff Morris,” O’Connor wrote. “The Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Sixers, and Celtics are among those teams interested in Markieff Morris, per league sources.”

In 42 games this season with the Pistons, Markieff Morris has averaged 11 points on 45 percent shooting, along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He has shot 39.9 percent from the three-point line and 77.3 percent from 15 feet.

Detroit is currently at the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference with a dismal 18-34 record. At this rate, the team’s chances of making the postseason is at the minimum as they are most likely to rebuild for the next seasons.

Apparently, sending Morris to another team makes a lot of sense since the Pistons could use him to acquire younger guns through draft picks.

On the flip side, the contenders interested to sign him could maximize the veteran’s experience going deep into the Playoffs. Morris is a reliable scoring weapon who also possesses unparalleled toughness and grit. Should his transfer push through, he might be tasked to come off the bench in a stacked line up. His minutes would certainly take a hit but he most likely would not mind it for the sake of winning a chip.

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With Markieff Morris off the table, the Lakers are likely to end up signing Carmelo Anthony soon. Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards and Mitchell Robinson #26 of the New York Knicks exchange words during the first half of a preseason NBA game at Capital One Arena on October 01, 2018 in Washington, DC. Getty Images/Patrick Smith