Pistons Sign Markieff Morris

JULY 6: The Pistons have officially signed Morris, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 3: The Pistons have reached an agreement to sign free agent forward Markieff Morris, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). It’ll be a two-year deal, a league source tells Jordan Schultz of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

The Pistons will use their bi-annual exception to sign Morris, tweets James Edwards III of The Athletic. He’ll get the full $3.6MM, Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press adds (via Twitter), so it’ll have a total two-year value of about $7.4MM.

Morris, 29, started the 2018/19 season with the Wizards before being sent to the Pelicans in a deadline deal. New Orleans waived him, paving the way for him to sign with the Thunder to finish the season.

It was a down year for Morris, who battled back and neck issues. In 58 total games (21.9 MPG) for the Wizards and Thunder, he averaged 9.4 PPG and 4.6 RPG, his lowest marks since his first two seasons in the league. He’ll be looking to bounce back with the Pistons.

Markieff will become the second Morris twin to play for the Pistons — his brother Marcus Morris was on the roster for two seasons from 2015-17 before being dealt to Boston.

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17 thoughts on “Pistons Sign Markieff Morris

  1. DeLuxury

    That money could have gotten Demarcus Cousins. They also could have gotten Isaiah Thomas for the minimum before he signed elsewhere. I’m not sure what they are looking for…

    • cubfanforever

      They still haven’t found what their looking for…… says Bono.

    • Rewane

      Not a given IT wants to come for the minimum when Pistons already has Jackson and Rose. IDK whether Cousins want to come to a team whose 2 best players in PF and C.

      • Quantum

        Agreed good move I believe if he bounces back and won’t sacrifice all the mins at pf, we gotta save some for Sekou

    • Theone23

      And where would DMC fit?? Already have Blake and Drummond in the middle. Kieff is a bench piece, like his brother was in Detroit.

    • dugdog83

      Ex-Piston Isaiah Thomas’s body is in better shape than the current player.

  2. Tazza

    He’s going to be a good back up for Griff. Pistons have recruited pretty well for rotational pieces. But still have abit if a hole at Small Forward.

  3. formerlyz

    For not having much flexibility, Detroit has done a good job addressing areas of need in the draft and in free agency. They got wing help they needed with Snell, and Derrick Rose is more reliable than Reggie Jackson at this point, and gives them more scoring potential, which has been an issue. Assuming they get more shooting from their young guards/wings, and they stay relatively healthy, they should be improved, although I feel like that’s been said for a few years in a row

  4. KnicksFanCavsFan

    Hey guys. What’s the current situation for Drummond? Are they looking to move his contract? If so, what would be a reasonable return?

    • diller1340

      I believe the pistons will resign him after next season. He has said that he wants to retire as a piston and it seems like the pistons are willing to go along with that atleast for now……

        • diller1340

          Why wouldn’t you want a top 5 center in the league in your team for the rest of his career?

          • Quantum

            Not a top 5 center by any means. In my eyes and Detroit. He gets hella boards I’ll say that but he gets lost on defense, not great in general and is very inconsistent on offense. We need to get out from his and Reggie’s contracts then we can have a good team.

    • Tazza

      If Drummond was to leave. I think a good trade could be John Wall for Drummond plus bits. Obviously Wall is the better player but he’s got a stupidly overpaid contract. Washington can pair Beal with Hachimura and Drummond to build with. Detroit let Reggie Jacksons contract expire along with Leuer and Galloway and then spend that better throughout the team. Playing in the East you’d have a PG that’s really good coming coming off and injury paired with Griffin another very athletic player. Plus young sharpshooter Luke Kennard and the promising Sekoyu Doumbaya. After you spend the left over cap space you have a possible top 4 team

      • Quantum

        I’ll pass, who knows if he will be the same dude, plus he never won in Washington anyways. Detroit don’t need another monster contract. Give me a young guy, draft picks , expiring.

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