Case against Dallas Mavericks signing Markieff Morris
There are currently better free agent options available after the 32-year-old averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 17.5 minutes per game last season. Morris is a below-league-average 3-point shooter for his career, and his advanced defensive metrics are less than favorable.
Finding a fit on offense would not be the easiest. He scored just 1.0 point per possession as a roll man last season, which rated in the bottom third of the league. Morris is a streaky shooter that struggles to score efficiently. He moves the ball and can pass for a big man, but using him as their stretch four or five could be problematic if his jumper goes cold.
The Mavericks have a crowded frontcourt after trading for Christian Wood and signing JaVale McGee in free agency. Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Davis Bertans are all back and want to be part of the nightly rotation. Morris would have to be willing to accept an end of the bench role where playing time is not guaranteed if he were to come to Dallas.
Much of what Morris produces on the court is difficult to measure. He was in the playoff rotation of a championship team just 21 months ago. The 32-year-old is impactful, but Mavericks fans want tangible production.
The biggest case for avoiding Morris could be his relationship with Luka Doncic. Morris was injured by Luka’s friend Nikola Jokic last season, and MFFLs will remember the bad blood between Doncic and Markieff’s twin brother, Marcus, from the 2020 playoffs. How would Luka feel about his team signing Markieff Morris?