HoopsHype Marcus Morris rumors

September 2, 2011 Updates
July 26, 2011 Updates

Houston Rockets first-round draft pick Marcus Morris, forward from Kansas, is not packing his bags to go play in Europe, but the idea is on his radar. With the NBA in the midst of a lockout, many players from around the league are at least considering playing outside the United States. "It's intriguing," said Tony Dutt, Morris' agent, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "If the right offer came along, we would look at it. FOX 26 Sports

June 27, 2011 Updates

Marcus Morris, the 14th overall pick by the Houston Rockets, has compared himself to Carmelo Anthony -- already a bit of a stretch -- and when he was introduced to the Houston media after Thursday's NBA Draft, he acknowledged that comparison and then added this: "But I'm not going to take after him on the defensive side." Newsday

June 25, 2011 Updates

In case you are unaware, Ron Artest petitioned a Los Angeles court to change his name to Metta World Peace. (And yes, I support Artest's move and wish him the very best. I have no doubt that the name change comes from a good place in his heart. Before you scoff, all I am saying, is give Peace a chance.) The relative lack of excitement from fans about the Rockets' draft-day take is understandable. There isn't a sure all-star in the bunch. Not unless you believe Morris' proclamation to the Kansas City Star. "You can't see the future," Morris said, "but I definitely, definitely, definitely think I'm going to be one of those guys who's an All-Star in the league." Houston Chronicle

June 22, 2011 Updates
June 20, 2011 Updates

One thing about Marcus Morris became evident at the Utah Jazz's pre-draft workout Sunday. The Kansas junior is a straight shooter. And that has nothing to do with his actual shooting capabilities. Whether admitting he believes fellow workout participant Chris Singleton is "not very talented" on the offensive end or speaking about his own talents, the highly regarded 21-year- old forward says it like he sees it. "Honestly, I think I'm the most complete player in the draft," the 6-9 Morris said. "I think I'm one of those guys that can just do a lot. (There are) lots of parts of my game I can hang my hat on." Deseret News

But Walt Perrin, the Jazz's vice president of player personnel, laughed when asked to comment on Morris' confident comment. "That's a guy who has confidence in himself," Perrin said. Perrin is glad Morris believes strongly in his game, but, yes, there was a proverbial "but." "That's his opinion," Perrin said, smiling. "His opinion doesn't count on draft night." Deseret News

Ryan Feldman: Tomorrow's Jazz workout will now feature Klay Thompson + Alec Burks. They had Hamilton, Harris, Singleton, Honeycutt, Marcus Morris today. Twitter

June 18, 2011 Updates

Every year, the NBA tips its hand as to who it believes are the top 14 or 15 prospects in the draft with its annual "green room" invitations. These players are invited by the league to sit in a special room with their families and agent on draft night. When their names are called, they leave the room and go up on stage to shake commissioner David Stern's hand. This year's invitees to the June 23 draft: Kyrie Irving (Duke); Derrick Williams (Arizona); Enes Kanter (Turkey); Brandon Knight (Kentucky); Kemba Walker (UConn); Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely (Czech Republic); Kawhi Leonard (San Diego St.); Chris Singleton (Florida St.); Klay Thompson (Washington St.); Tristan Thompson (Texas); Jimmer Fredette (BYU); Marcus Morris (Kansas); and Alec Burks (Colorado). A 15th name has been added -- Markieff Morris of Kansas. Markieff is Marcus Morris' twin and also widely considered to be a top 20 draft pick. ESPN.com

June 14, 2011 Updates
June 13, 2011 Updates
June 10, 2011 Updates

Marcus Morris on how strict his mom is: She’s very strict. She’s a single parent with three boys. I feel like she had to be strict on us because growing up in the type of environment we grew up in, if you didn’t have a stable home and a mom like my mom, it’s kind of hard to stay off the streets and not be one of those guys who’s just a statistic – drug dealing and things like that. I give my mom a lot of credit for keeping us in and I make sure that we stay tight with me and my brother. That’s why I think we’re the way we are now. NBA.com

June 9, 2011 Updates
June 8, 2011 Updates

Who does your game most resemble in the NBA? Marcus Morris: “I think the Al Harrington comparison is a little accurate, but I think maybe Carmelo [Anthony] I would say because I’m a mid-range king. I love the mid- range game. I think that’s what I can really hang my hat on being a mid-range player and on the defensive side I think that being versatile and guarding many positions. I think it can definitely work for me and just being so athletic and being versatile on the defensive side because I can guard any position.” Sports Radio Interviews

The Bobcats brought in six players Tuesday, mostly second-round candidates. Among them was Pepperdine's Mychel Thompson, son of former No. 1 overall pick Mychal Thompson. His other son, guard Klay from Washington State, is a likely first-round pick in this draft. The Bobcats have another workout Thursday. Among those expected: Kansas forward Marcus Morris. Charlotte Observer

June 7, 2011 Updates

Even Enes Kanter, who previously wasn't going to work out against anyone, is now reportedly working out against Tristan Thompson and Marcus Morris in Cleveland today. This may be an attempt for Kanter to prove he is worthy of consideration for the No. 1 pick and to lock up a spot in the top four. Kanter also met and worked out with the Toronto Raptors in Chicago on Monday. The Hoops Report

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