Markieff Morris expressed his greatest desire on July 7 to play for his hometown Philadelphia 76ers. Morris tweeted that he “has wanted to for a while”. And the Sixers may be interested in signing him.
Morris is an unrestricted free agent after the Miami Heat pulled from him. The 32-year-old signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the team that knocked Philly out of the playoffs last season, but the experiment didn’t work. Morris saw just 17 games for Miami after suffering a vicious neck injury courtesy of Nikola Jokic. He averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.
According to Jason Dumas, Morris prefers playing for the Sixers (duh, Morris confirmed that himself), but the real kicker in the report is that the Sixers “have thought about it.” That means they’re interested in potentially signing Morris. The former Kansas first-round pick is looking to sign with a competitor this season.
James Harden told Sixers management he wanted to win a championship at all costs. That includes taking less money if it means hiring keyless agents. Harden doesn’t care if he leaves money on the table, according to Yahoo!’s Chris Haynes. Sports.
“I had conversations with Daryl and it explained how we could get better and what the market value was for certain players,” Harden told Haynes. “I’ve told Daryl to improve the squad, sign who we have to sign and give whatever’s left. I want to win so much. I want to compete for a championship. That’s all that matters to me at this stage.”
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Morris has also been linked to a possible collaboration with his twin brother, Marcus, with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Philly native, who split his time at Prep Charter and APEX Academy, may prefer to return home, but he’s not ruling out Hollywood. The siblings have shared a locker room at all levels of basketball: high school, college, NBA.
NBA Media’s Shaun Powell asked the Morris twins if they could get back together during a 2020 interview:
Joel Embiid was stripped of the MVP honor by Jokic two years in a row. League writers don’t seem to give the Sixers’ big man too much credit. Well, Markieff Morris might be the perfect guy to send a message to Jokic. The Denver Nuggets star cost him most of the 2021-22 season after poking Morris in the back and injuring his neck. It was a retaliationalthough borderline dirty.
Jokic has been banned for a game without pay. There is no love lost there