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NBA rumors: Celtics among teams interested in a Markieff Morris trade

NBA rumors: Celtics among teams interested in a Markieff Morris trade

The Boston Celtics parted ways with Marcus Morris after last season, and they reportedly are interested in acquiring his brother, Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris, before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Wednesday that Morris is drawing interest from several contenders, including some of the Celtics' top competitors in the Eastern Conference. 


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The Celtics should target an offensive upgrade for their bench before the trade deadline. They enter Wednesday with the fourth-lowest scoring bench in the league.

Morris is averaging 11 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in a bench role for the Pistons. He's also shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, which would help the Celtics. The ideal pickup for Boston would be a bench scorer with 3-point range, but there aren't many of them rumored to be available.

Another player who fits this mold is Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans, who the C's also reportedly have interest in acquiring.

Here's NBC Sports Boston Celtics insider Chris Forsberg's take on this Morris rumor:

Given that Boston’s biggest need is shooting, your eyes naturally land on Morris’ career-best 39.3 percent shooting beyond the arc this season. It’s a rather surprising number for a player that is shooting 34.4 percent from deep for his career. Morris has 24 games of playoff experience, too, the highlight being that Celtics-Wizards seven-game Royal Rumble during the 2016-17 season. While not quite as much of a ball-stopper as his twin brother, Morris still carries a hefty usage rate and an unsightly assist-to-turnover ratio. He add size but doesn’t block shots, doesn’t rebound well, and his defense is average at best. About the biggest appeal is his salary ($3.2 million), which makes it easier to make a deal for him. Ultimately, the Celtics could probably find a better bench fit at a similar cost.

The Pistons will be a team to watch as the trade deadline nears. Veteran point guard Derrick Rose also has been the subject of trade rumors.

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Marcus Morris buys front-row seats to watch brother

Marcus Morris buys front-row seats to watch brother

LOS ANGELES — Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris said he splurged on front-row seats to Friday’s Clippers-Thunder game at Staples Center so he can watch his twin brother, Markieff, in a regular-season game for the first time.

Marcus Morris watched his brother play against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals two years ago but believes this is the first time either of the brothers has been able to watch the other during a regular-season game when they’ve been on different teams.

"It’s crazy, man. It’s crazy,” said Marcus Morris. "It’s something that I don’t think ever happened since I’ve been in this league. We’re gonna take advantage of it, I’m going go watch the Clippers game. I got front-row seats, so I’m doing it big, and watch my brother play.

"A little expensive, too, you know what I’m saying? He’s worth it though. Because you never know if this will happen again, you know what I’m saying? It’s good to spend some time together, kick it.”

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Marcus Morris gets an opportunity to do a little advanced scouting with the Celtics set to play the Clippers on Monday night but said he’s going to try to enjoy the moment.

"’ll probably watch it as a brother,” said Marcus Morris. "I know what the Clippers are capable of. I know the guys on that team. They came back and they beat us at our home, so we definitely owe them one. We know what we’re capable of doing to them. If we don’t slack and take our foot off the gas, we can probably beat them by 30 in Boston. We’ll try and do that again.”

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Marcus Morris comments on brother, Markieff, signing with Thunder

Marcus Morris comments on brother, Markieff, signing with Thunder

Marcus Morris once called on the Boston Celtics to sign his twin brother, Markieff. Marcus tweeted about his brother after Markieff was bought out by the New Orleans Pelicans. But, as expected, the Celtics didn't pursue Morris' twin.

Instead, Markieff ended up with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Marcus thinks his brother will be a good fit there and offered this analysis of his brother's decision, via The Athletic's Jay King:

Marcus is right that Markieff will certainly have a chance to improve the Thunder rotation. If he can come back healthy after dealing with a neck injury for most of the season, the sky is the limit for the three-point ace.

It's also unsurprising that Markieff didn't come to the Celtics. The team simply has too many talented players and already has had trouble getting them all minutes. The team is better served to roll with what they have to avoid creating more chemistry issues, especially given that chemistry and changing roles in the rotation have been part of their problems this season.

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