Markieff Morris will go down as one of, if not, the greatest buyout acquisitions of all-time. Not often do you get productive players without handing over an asset. He served as a catalyst that powered the Los Angeles Lakers when they entered the Orlando bubble.
The Lakers and Morris agreed to a minimum deal that will bring him back next season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The forward was courted by the LA Clippers who signed his twin brother Marcus to a four-year deal earlier in free agency. Ultimately, the sharp-shooter decided on running it back with the Lakers for a chance at repeat titles.
Morris announced the decision on Twitter:
Run it back! #Lakeshow
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) November 23, 2020
Kieff got off to a slow start in his 14 regular-season games with the Lakers. It was the playoffs where he showed his versatility in the frontcourt.
Against the micro-ball Houston Rockets, he found a major groove. He shot 50 percent from long range while averaging 8.6 points per game. Overall, he shot a blistering 42 percent in the post-season.
Next year he will see a lot of time in a role similar to what he did in the playoffs. This includes minutes at center in the absence of Dwight Howard and the addition of Montrezl Harrell. Morris provides the outside scoring element to round out their bigs.