The LA Lakers still have some finishing pieces to add to their roster for the 2015-16 NBA regular season, and now two big men may be potential trade targets. Los Angeles could still look to trade away Nick Young and Ryan Kelly in hopes of landing either Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns or Chris Andersen of the Miami Heat.
Los Angeles had one more roster spot to fill, and they’ve done it by officially signing undrafted rookie Jonathan Holmes from Texas. Lakers Nation reported that the deal was finally made, and he is a part of the team.
Still, there are some trades that could be made, and one of the newest big men to land on the block is Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns. Morris at least wants to be traded, as he’s publicly let it be known that he wants nothing to do with the Suns, per ESPN.
“One thing for sure, I am not going to be there. If you want to put that out there, you can put that out. I don’t give a [freak]. I am not going to be there at all. That’s just what it is.”
This has all come about after the Suns traded Markieff’s twin brother Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons. The twins agreed to four-year contract extensions last year and took less money so they could play together.
Markieff Morris calls the trade of his brother a “slap in the face.”
Sports World Report states that the Lakers could be a potential landing spot for Markieff Morris. If he is to end up on the trading block, the Lakers could end up looking at trading for him.
Los Angeles has a few building blocks that could look good to the Suns, and those blocks are Nick Young, Ryan Kelly, and Robert Sucre. All three have been the subject of trade rumors during the offseason.
If Morris doesn’t end up being given option to seek a trade from the Suns, Chris Andersen of the Miami Heat is another trade option for the Lakers. His contract is a little hefty, but a combo of players from the Lakers could make the trade even out.
The LA Lakers have a solid roster right now, but they really have wanted one more big man to come off the bench behind Roy Hibbert. Markieff Morris or Chris Andersen would fill that void and bring some veteran talent to the team.
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