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Veteran Dallas Mavericks forward wants team to sign another specific veteran

Veteran Dallas Mavericks forward wants team to sign another specific veteran

Veteran Dallas Mavericks forward wants team to sign another specific veteran

The Dallas Mavericks have had a busy offseason since the end of the NBA Finals, and they’ve added three new players who should be part of the main rotation: Klay Thompson, Naji Marshall and Quentin Grimes. They have an open roster spot and one veteran of the team has an idea.

Markieff Morris, who is technically a free agent but hopes to return to the team as a locker room leader like he was last season, wants the team to sign his brother, Marcus Morris. Marcus has been linked to the Mavericks along with the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he played last season. The 76ers and Mavericks would give him the best chance to win a championship if that is what he is looking for at this stage of his career.

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If the Mavs wanted to sign both Morris twins, they would likely have to release AJ Lawson, who is on a non-guaranteed contract for next season. Or they could get rid of Maxi Kleber’s $11 million contract, as Marcus would play a similar role to Kleber.

Marcus and Markieff have had oddly intertwined careers, even for twins. They were selected with back-to-back picks in the 2011 NBA Draft, but Marcus was traded to the Phoenix Suns midway through his sophomore season to play with his brother Markieff. After Marcus left the Suns in the 2015 offseason, the two brothers have not played together since and would like to play together in the later stages of their careers.

Marcus is the better player now, averaging 6.4 points per game in 49 games last season for Cleveland, while Markieff played in just 26 games for the Mavs. The Mavericks acquired Markieff in the Kyrie Irving trade and he has been invaluable in teaching younger players a Udonis Haslem-type role.

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