Report: Lakers expected to pursue Marcus Morris in free agency

Marcus Morris
March 9, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have their eyes set on big prizes this summer. Between the many superstars available in free agency and the likes of Anthony Davis available in the trade market, the organization will be hoping to pair LeBron James with another superstar to finally get back into the playoffs and contend for a championship.

But as the team brutally learned last year, how they fill out their roster around James and a potential second or third star will be a major key to their success.

That’s why, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Lakers are expected to be one of several franchises to pursue Boston Celtics’ forward Marcus Morris in free agency.

Morris has arguably his best season to date this year, averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and hitting 37.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. The 29-year-old could theoretically give the Lakers a combination of shooting prowess and defensive versatility, two things they could have used much more of last season.

Morris, who is represented by Rich Paul (LeBron’s agent), is expected to have many suitors and the Celtics will try to keep him. However, the Lakers should have a great shot at stealing him away at a reasonable price (he made $5.4 million dollars in the 2018-19 season), either to replace traded pieces as a starter or to provide needed depth off the bench.

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