Rob Pelinka has certainly been busy revamping the roster of the defending Champions. While some familiar faces that were a part of their recent title run have been either shipped out of town or left via free agency, the Lakers have been keen on bringing back players who they feel can contribute to another run.
Markieff Morris has indicated that via Twitter that he will be returning to the Lakers despite receiving interest from other teams, most notably the Los Angeles Clippers.
Run it back! #Lakeshow
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) November 23, 2020
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Morris’ new contract will be for the veteran minimum. In 14 games for the Lakers, Morris averaged 14.2 minutes, 5.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. He performed better as a Piston last season, but that’s due to the dip in minutes on the court when he arrived in Los Angeles.
His brother, Marcus Morris Sr., who played for 19 games for the Clippers last season, signed a four-year, $64 million deal to remain in Los Angeles. Markieff had the chance to join his brother and play for another contender while remaining in the same city. Instead, Morris may have enjoyed the culture and opportunity he had as a Laker, deciding that was more important than seeking more money or playing time. That says a lot about his desire to compete and win. Who knows, maybe he felt the Clippers would be upset in the playoffs once again or he wanted to hoist another trophy to gloat to his brother.