UPDATE: Markieff Morris has cleared quarantine and will join the Lakers

Markieff Morris
Feb 29, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris warms up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Memphis won 105-88. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE 7/22/2020:

It has now been reported (first by Kyle Goon of the OC Register) that Markieff Morris has successfully cleared quarantine and will be joining the Lakers soon. The news is very refreshing to hear, as there was no guarantees to Morris’ health status as it pertains to COVID-19 as he has not been within the bubble like the Lakers. Either way, it’s good to know that Morris was able to stay safe outside of the bubble, and that he will be able to join the Lakers as scrimmages kick-off today.

UPDATE 7/21/2020:

After an excused absence saw Markieff Morris miss the first week or so of the Lakers’ practices in the bubble, it is being reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic that Morris will be arriving to Orlando today.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN notes that Morris will have to clear quarantine before he is able to practice with the Lakers, so it may be a few days before he sees his first practice with the team in the bubble.

Original story:

Over the past few days, it has become apparent that a member of the Lakers was missing from the Orlando bubble (h/t Silver Screen & Roll), as many Lakers had already been caught by photographers or caught in other player’s Instagram stories. That player was Markieff Morris, who was acquired right before the trade deadline and the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in America in March.

Frank Vogel was asked today if Morris was in Orlando practicing with the team, a question which Vogel declined to answer (reported by Tania Ganguli of the LA Times). More light has been shed about the situation (sort of), by way of Kyle Goon of the OC Register.

We shouldn’t speculate too much on what the reason may be, but it’s at least a good sign that he is expected to join soon. This most likely means that he hasn’t contracted COVID-19, and if he did, he’s far enough along in his recovery that he is able to return.

Last time we saw Markieff Morris as a part of the Lakers, he had just finished only his eighth game with the team. In those eight games, he averaged 14.8 minutes, 4.8 points, and 3.3 rebounds per game. He figures to be a player who can play decent defense and hit some threes for the Lakers in a small role.

Although he was only recently added by the Lakers, it never hurts to have a tall wing who can somewhat reliably hit threes. Vogel and the rest of the squad are probably eager to get him in Orlando to practice with everyone.

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