Markieff Morris and the Detroit Pistons have parted ways.
It didn’t take long for him to find a new home in the league, however.
Morris and the Pistons agreed to a contract buyout on Friday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Just hours later, the Lakers — who were considered a “frontrunner” to sign him — reached a deal to bring Morris to Los Angeles.
Morris signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Pistons in July. He saw steady playing time at the beginning of the season, but has been riding the bench more and more lately. The Pistons have entered a full-blown rebuild and want to play their young guys, and the 30-year-old Morris just isn’t part of that plan. Morris has played in 44 games for the Pistons this season, and has averaged 11 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
The Pistons made Morris available at the trade deadline earlier this month, and at the reasonable price of a second-round draft pick, but found no takers despite apparent interest from a number of teams.
The Lakers were one of at least two teams who were reportedly interested in signing Morris on Friday, joining the Toronto Raptors — both of which could undoubtedly use Morris for extra depth headed into the final stretch of the season.
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