The Brooklyn Nets need a power forward. Guess what? There are two free agent options in Markieff Morris and Carmelo Anthony.
I didn’t believe it when the clock struck three o’clock (p.m. ET). General manager Sean Marks had passed up the opportunity to make a deal at the deadline. How out of character it seemed.
While the Brooklyn Nets reportedly explored trades for a power forward to fill the gaping hole they have at the four-slot, nothing came to fruition. Fortunately for the fans who’ve awaited a new addition, the buyout market is open for business.
Among names set to hit the market, Markieff Morris presents an intriguing option. And then there’s one more guy, who’s spent a little longer on the buyout market, but has a history in New York basketball: Carmelo Anthony.
Both Anthony and Morris are an ideal fit in coach Kenny Atkinson’s offense. Here’s a look at their games, and just why they fit what the Nets are doing this year:
It’s rare a player of Morris’s stature hits the buyout market, and Brooklyn would be wise to pounce on this opportunity. A career 34-percent shooter from deep, he’s played for just Phoenix and Washington over his seven seasons.
During Thursday’s deadline, Morris was traded to New Orleans, where he was later waived.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived forward Markieff Morris.
Morris, 6-10, 245, was acquired yesterday along with a 2023 second round draft pick from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Wesley Johnson. pic.twitter.com/AEpvAQAuxp
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 8, 2019
At 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds, Morris would be an ideal fit next to sophomore big man Jarrett Allen. He’s a capable rebounder, defender, and shooter all the same.
That’s not to mention his playoff experience, which would be more than welcome on in Brooklyn. The Nets starting group is an average age of 23, and they’re headed for the playoffs.