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Lakers The “Frontrunner” To Sign Markieff Morris After Buyout

Markieff Morris on the court for the Detroit Pistons.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 09: Markieff Morris #8 of the Detroit Pistons reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at the Smoothie King Center on December 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

On Friday afternoon, the Detroit Pistons reached a buyout with veteran forward Markieff Morris. The former Kansas Jayhawk will now have the chance to sign with a contender just two months before the playoffs begin.

Morris signed a one-year deal with the Pistons this past offseason. There was a player option in his contract for next season, but instead he'll look for an opportunity elsewhere. He could finally compete for an NBA championship.

According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Lakers are the favorites to sign Morris. They showed interest in several veteran wings before the trade deadline. However, the front office didn't have nearly enough assets to strike a deal.

Markieff's brother, Marcus, was recently traded from the New York Knicks to the Los Angeles Clippers. Perhaps the two brothers will meet in the Western Conference Playoffs, which would be quite the storyline.

Toronto has also expressed interest in Morris, who would be a solid addition to the bench for the defending champions. Morris is averaging 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season. He's also shooting 39.7 percent from three-point range. It also helps that Morris has playoff experience with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards. The Lakers have struggled to provide Anthony Davis and LeBron James with consistent production from the bench. Adding a player of Morris' caliber would likely solve that problem. Update: NBA insider Shams Charania is now reporting that Morris plans to sign with the Lakers. This makes sense considering they were the frontrunners for his services.

Morris should provide much-needed depth to Los Angeles. We'll see if he signs with the team in time for this Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics.