Case for Dallas Mavericks signing Markieff Morris to fill final roster spot
Morris certainly brings toughness and grit to any roster. He is not going to back down, and the 6’9 forward is not afraid to get in the middle of a fray. Fans may remember Morris missed 58 games last season after being involved in a scuffle with Nikola Jokic that resulted in the former Heat forward suffering a whiplash injury.
Morris was part of the Lakers' 2020 NBA championship team, so the Mavs coaching staff would have plenty of familiarity with his play. Jason Kidd was an assistant coach on that Lakers team along with Greg St. Jean and Quinton Crawford. Dallas assistant Jared Dudley was a teammate of Morris during that bubble championship.
Morris played a key role in the Lakers' playoff run that year. He averaged 18.3 minutes, and he played in all 21 postseason games. Los Angeles relied on the veteran for his defense and toughness as they brought home the title.
The 6’9 forward is comfortable in any role, and he does the dirty work. He won’t complain if he picks up a DNP-CD some nights. Morris played under 22 minutes per game in each of the last three seasons, but he stayed ready. His defense and toughness could pay dividends during a postseason run too.