The whirlwind of being traded, relocating and being thrown into the fire without a practice is over for Markieff Morris. Monday, he went through his first session with the Wizards as they prepare for Tuesday's home game with the New Orleans Pelicans.
"Mainly is get the plays pat so I know where to be on the floor," said Morris, who shot a combined 4-for-15 in a win vs. the Detroit Pistons and a loss to the Miami Heat. "I knew maybe two plays."
Morris was traded from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday and arrived Friday for the first of those back-to-back games.
The Wizards (25-29) were off Sunday so it was Monday that he was able to get in a practice. He stayed afterwards to work with assistant coach Roy Rogers, who handles the post players.
Against the Pelicans, who beat the Wizards in their first meeting in the December, he'll have to contend with Anthony Davis who posted a historic game in his last outing with 59 points and 20 rebounds.
Morris has come off the bench in both games so far, with Nene and Jared Dudley getting the starts. He's projected to be the eventual starter though that'll be up to coach Randy Wittman.
"It's more terminology than actual understanding what a set is or what we're trying to run," Wittman said. "He gets that."
Morris, 6-10, has more length and size than Dudley. Both will have their hands full with Davis at some point.
"This is going to be my fourth time, maybe fifth time playing against him this year," said Morris, who took multiple flights to get to D.C. to finalize the trade and had a home-cooked meal at his mom's house near D.C. on Sunday. "Great player. We're going to get it in. It's going to be a battle. Nothing easy. just make him earn everything."