The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed free agent forward Markieff Morris, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
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Oklahoma City makes it official on the signing of Markieff Morris. The four-month investment will cost the Thunder $2.2M in combined salary and luxury tax costs. The forward will earn $573,295 with $427,288 being applied to the salary cap.
Brett Dawson: Paul George, without being asked about it, brought up that the Thunder are excited to add “a big piece” in Markieff Morris. So that, as first reported by @Shams Charania, seems pretty confirmed.
Shams Charania: Free agent Markieff Morris has agreed to sign with Oklahoma City, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Markieff Morris had an aggressive market over the past week — with pursuits from the Thunder, Rockets, Nets, Raptors and several others. OKC received the commitment from Morris on Thursday.
Chris Haynes: Sources: Add Toronto in this group.
Free-agent forward Markieff Morris has been cleared to play after recovering from a neck injury and has garnered interest from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told Yahoo Sports.
Morris, 29, is expected to pick his next team this week, sources said.
Chris Haynes: 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.
So what are the Rockets looking for, and is Houston really a more attractive destination than other teams because of the free-flowing, all-systems-go basketball Coach Mike D’Antoni employs? “We’re having multiple conversations,” said Morey. “We have a couple players at the top of the list. Until they clear waivers, it’s not something we can talk about, but we think it’s gonna be good for us.” Markieff Morris ticks the obvious box here, for multiple reasons. The guy can ball. A 6-foot-10 forward with range could be used in any Rockets lineup. If D’Antoni wants to get really weird with it and go small ball, Morris as a stretch 5 could be deadly. Houston likes him, league sources say.
Also, the Lakers have interest in signing forward Markieff Morris if he is healthy, according to one person. The Lakers have a roster spot available after trading Zubac and Beasley. Morris was acquired by the Pelicans on Thursday from the Washington Wizards, but he was waived later that day. Morris, who is in the final year of a contract that pays him $8.6 million, still has to clear waivers.
Morris hasn’t played in a game since Dec. 26. He was diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia, a spinal injury, in January. His timeline for recovery was six weeks. Morris averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 34 games for the Wizards. The Lakers will strongly consider adding him to the team for his scoring, defense and toughness if he is physically fit, one person said.
Jeff Zillgitt: Pelicans announce they have waived Markieff Morris, which adds another quality player to the post-trade deadline buyout market. Clippers among teams that had interest at the deadline.
Shams Charania: Sources: The New Orleans Pelicans are releasing forward Markieff Morris, who is currently dealing with an injury.
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Johnny Neumann, a prolific scorer at Overton High School in Memphis in the late-1960s who later led the nation in scoring at Ole Miss, died Tuesday in Oxford, Mississippi, after a battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.
At Ole Miss, Neumann led the nation in scoring his sophomore year with a 40.1 average. He left after that season to sign with the Memphis franchise in the American Basketball Association. He had multiple stops in the ABA, from Memphis to the Utah Stars to the Virginia Squires. He later played 83 games in the NBA before a short career in Europe.