One of the main goals of the Celtics is to get better talent-wise every chance they can, so when a young, talented power forward like Markieff Morris becomes available via trade, it is something that has to be at least looked into. For Boston, it wouldn't just come down to what they have to give up, it's also about making sure Morris will fit with new bigs David Lee and Amir Johnson. Boston would most likely have to give up Jared Sullinger, possibly James Young, and one of the many draft picks they own. Due to contract concerns, there would have to be other players in the deal, but if Ainge is truly interested in the big man out of Kansas, he'll find a way to at least be in on the bidding.
Morris played in 109 games in three seasons at Kansas, not missing any games. He was drafted 13th in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, the team he's spent his career with to date, averaging 25.3 minutes,11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and he's started 121 out of 308 career games. Morris played with his twin brother Marcus in high school and college and then Marcus joined him with the Suns. When Phoenix traded him to Detroit this offseason with no warning, it bothered Markieff to the point he wants out of town. Morris is on a 4-year/$32 million dollar deal, so he is locked up with a manageable contract, but would it make sense for Boston to trade for him just because his talent and contract, even if he causes a logjam? The answer is yes, and here is why.
The Celtics are going to be able to use David Lee and Amir Johnson at the center position due to their flexibility and smarts, and when they use Lee and go small, Morris is a perfect fit at power forward for what the Celtics are trying to do. Giving up Sullinger, Olynyk or Zeller would be unfortunate, but to be able to get an up-and-coming power forward with a manageable (tradable) contract, especially considering Boston would also clear a couple extra players off their bloated roster, makes sense for a team that is looking to improve every chance they can.College Stats Provided by Sports-Reference.com/College Basketball
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