4 Most Likely Destinations for Marcus Morris Ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline

Zach Brunner
Marcus Morris is averaging a career-high 19.6 PPG.
Marcus Morris is averaging a career-high 19.6 PPG. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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The 2020 NBA Trade Deadline is quickly approaching, coming on Thursday, Feb. 6. Talks and rumors are heating up around the league, with a number of veteran producers possibly on the move. One of the names that has been thrown out there is New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris.

At 30 years old, Morris is enjoying his most productive offensive season of his NBA career, averaging 19.6 points per game (PPG), which is by far a career-high mark. This includes career highs in made 3-pointers per game (2.7) and 3-point shooting percentage (43.9 percent).

Typically known for his defense, this improved offense from Morris has many teams interested in his services, and here are four of the most likely destinations.

4. Houston Rockets

James Harden leads the Rockets with 35.7 PPG this season.
James Harden leads the Rockets with 35.7 PPG this season. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Rockets have been active in trade talks ahead of the deadline, and much like the Los Angeles Lakers, they are in need of another consistent weapon outside of their two stars. Eric Gordon has been the Rockets' third-best scorer (15.7 PPG), but his availability has been inconsistent. Still, Houston rarely struggles to score, but the Rockets' defense would likely see a big improvement with the addition of Morris.

3. Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo is second in the NBA with 30.0 PPG.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is second in the NBA with 30.0 PPG. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The top overall team in the league by record at 42-7, the Bucks could use another solid scorer and defender to come of the bench when Giannis Antetokounmpo takes a break. Giannis has been on an absolute tear this season, and he should be even more effective with another player that can be asked both to spread the floor and defend the opposing team's best player.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James and Anthony Davis average 51.6 PPG this season.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis average 51.6 PPG this season. / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Despite sitting atop the Western Conference, the Lakers are in desperate need of another scorer to complement, and ultimately take pressure off of, Anthony Davis and LeBron James. Morris can do just that by spreading the floor and hinder opposing offenses.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are 13th in scoring defense (19.4 PPG).
The Clippers are 13th in scoring defense (19.4 PPG). / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

There are two things Doc Rivers has shown an affinity for in his NBA coaching career: veterans and defense. Morris would bring both to the Los Angeles Clippers, helping them re-establish their tough-minded play during the second half of this season. The Clippers also play it safe in terms of load management for both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, so bringing in another veteran that could fill their absence would be a huge boost for this team on both sides of the floor.


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