Lakers the frontrunner to sign Markieff Morris after Pistons buyout

Lakers the frontrunner to sign Markieff Morris after Pistons buyout

The Detroit Pistons and Markieff Morris have agreed to a buyout, freeing the 6-8 power forward to sign with any team.

Update #1, 3:28 pm: The Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as the frontrunners for Morris' services, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Markieff Morris and the Detroit Pistons are parting ways.

There should be plenty of interest in Morris from contending teams outside of the Lakers and Toronto Raptors.

Morris was in the first year of his deal ($3.2 million) and by accepting the buyout he declined his $3.36 million player option for 2020-21. The Pistons have entered a full-blown rebuild and want to play their young guys, and the 30-year-old Morris just isn't part of that plan. Since then, however, the team has shut Blake Griffin down for the season, traded Andre Drummond and released Reggie Jackson. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line.

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