OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder and free agent Markieff Morris have agreed to a deal. All this according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
According to reports, Morris chose the Thunder over such suitors as the Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, and LA Lakers.
Morris last played for the Washington Wizards, where he averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is a career 34 percent 3 point shooter on just over 2 attempts per game.
He has not played since December 26, 2018 when he was diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia, the result of a re-aggravation of an injury sustained on December 16. On January 3, 2019, the Wizards reported Morris would be limited to non-contact basketball activities for the following six weeks.
On February 11, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Morris was clear to return to full basketball activity. Haynes received the information from Morris’ agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Paul also represents current Thunder players Nerlens Noel and Terrance Ferguson.
The Phoenix Suns drafted the eight year veteran during the 2011-12 season. Morris’ size and ability allows him to move between the small forward, power forward and center positions. This could give Oklahoma City more options when opponents go to their small line-ups.
Markieff is the twin brother of Marcus Morris, who currently plays for the Boston Celtics. Both brothers played collegiately for the Kansas Jayhawks.
Earlier today the Thunder also signed Richard Soloman and Scottie Hopson to two 10-day contracts. With Dennis Schröder missing tonights game for personal reasons, Jeremy Grant out with an ankle injury and the loss of Alex Abrines, the Thunder not only add to their roster but add to their depth as a team as they push forward to post season.