Nets, Markieff Morris in ‘advanced discussions’ on a contract: Report

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With the Kevin Durant drama behind them, the Nets are continuing to build out their roster for the fall and that could include veteran power forward Markieff Morris making his way to Brooklyn. 

The two sides had “moved into advanced discussions” late Sunday night, according to NBA insider Marc Stein. It had already been reported earlier in the day that the Nets had shown “advanced interest” in the free agent and NetsDaily had first reported a mutual interest between the Nets and Morris last week. 

Morris has played in the NBA for 11 seasons, spending last year with the Miami Heat. He had his playing time limited to just 17 games due to a neck injury, but he did average 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in that span. 

Over the course of his career, Morris has averaged 10.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 44.6% from the field and 34.1% from three-point range. He has played in over 700 NBA games during time with Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, Oklahoma City, Washington and Phoenix. 

Morris has been typically a player that comes off the bench and would take a similar role with the Nets. His last few contracts have also been league minimum and it is likely that he’ll see something similar if he signs in Brooklyn.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old has been known as a player that isn’t afraid to speak his mind, according to Stein, and he was a vocal locker room presence in Los Angeles. Following a year filled with turmoil in Brooklyn, Morris’ presence could provide a needed balance inside the Nets’ locker room. 

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Brooklyn hasn’t been the only team looking at Morris with the Philadelphia 76ers also having shown in him.

The Nets need two fill two remaining open spots on their 15-man roster and six spots on that still need to filled on their training camp roster of 20.