Welcome to the Lakers Markieff Morris!! Reaction & Expectations!! & Kyle Kuzma!!
Is official Markieff Morris cleared waivers and signed the Lakers, who had to waive DeMarcus Cousins to be able to make it happen. The Lakers’ didn’t make any big trades and just when they seem to have strike out on all buyout candidates, they land Morris. Morris average 11 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Pistons so far this season. Morris is a 6’8 245 lbs Power Forward who is having a career year percentage wise shooting 39.7% from the 3 Point.
On paper Morris is a perfect fit with the Lakers, he brings strong defense and 3-point shooting with a veteran attitude. Morris ability to switch on defenders could be his biggest attribute to the team. The Lakers have to worried about throwing as many looks as possible to players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kwahi Leonard. And on the offensive side Morris’ 75 made 3s this season gives him the 4th most for the Lakers behind LeBron James, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Now Kyle Kuzma, if anybody should be worried and thankful is him. Kuzma is 3rd scoring leader for the Lakers but his defensive liability some time makes him a target for other teams. Which is where Morris comes in, to help out Kuzma focus more on scoring and less on defense, in theory or on a positive spin. Now Kuzma, should also be worried because his minutes may be affected by Morris possibly fitting better than he does next to LeBron and AD defensively wise. The goal for the Lakers is to make Morris and Kuzma work together creating a deadly bench mob.
My expectations, best case scenario Morris will take a combination of Rondo, Caruso and KCP minutes. This would make Kuzma, Morris and Dwight Howard to spend more time playing together and are already expected to have more impact on the game. Morris’ lack of playoff experience can be a bit of a red flag but now with an opportunity of a lifetime and after leaving so much money on the table, Morris should be looking to breakout with the Lakers.
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