Report: Lakers ‘Strongly’ Interested In Signing Markieff Morris If Healthy

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The Los Angeles Lakers may not have traded for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, but they improved their roster in hopes of a deep playoff run.

Throughout the 2018-19 NBA season, the Lakers have struggled with shooting and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka addressed that area by trading for Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala.

By making these two trades, the Lakers also have an open roster spot available. While all of the attention has been on Carmelo Anthony, there are numerous players who have already been bought out by the March 1 deadline.

If healthy, the Lakers reportedly are interested in Markieff Morris, who was bought out by the New Orleans Pelicans and is a Klutch Sports client, according to Broderick Turner of Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers will strongly consider adding him to the team for his scoring, defense and toughness if he is physically fit, one person said.

Morris was diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia in early January and his return timetable was six weeks. However, there have been no updates regarding his injury and the 29-year-old will be seeking a second opinion now.

In his eight seasons, Morris has played both power forward and center, two positions the Lakers could improve their depth in. As head coach Luke Walton wants a small-ball lineup in certain situations, Morris could be an option as LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma are better off at the forward positions.

As the buyout market continues to develop, the Lakers will have one final opportunity to improve their roster and end their five-year playoff drought.

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