The Houston Rockets are reportedly looking to pick up forward Markieff Morris from the free agent market.
Morris was traded from the Washington Wizards to the New Orleans Pelicans the day of the NBA trade deadline, and was cut the day after. Before that, the 29-year-old forward was sidelined with a neck injury, transient cervical neurapraxia, since Dec. 26 after playing 34 games this season.
Monday, he was cleared to participate in full basketball activities.
Free agent forward Markieff Morris visited Dr. Watkins today in Los Angeles regarding his neck and has been cleared to play, his agent Rich Paul tells Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 11, 2019
The eight-year veteran should be a no-brainer for Houston. At 6’10”, he brings some much-needed size and scoring on the inside to Houston’s super small rotation. In 26 minutes a game this season, Morris averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds on 43-percent shooting from the field, 33.3-percent from three.
One of the biggest snags Houston could run into trying to sign Morris is that he shares the same agent, Rich Paul, as the Lakers’ LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. But, with the Rockets, he would most likely maintain a more consistent role than with the Lakers, and he could receive more playing time than with the Raptors.
Houston will know his decision soon, as Morris is expected to pick a team next week.