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  • Markieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Markieff Morris (neck) was a "full go" in Thursday's practice and says he's been cleared to play for the last two weeks.

    Morris added that he's been playing 5-on-5, so he should be ready to make his Thunder debut relatively quickly. He'll be playing behind Jerami Grant at the four spot and may work into some small-ball lineups, but we'll need a better look at his fit with the team before calling him an add in 12-team formats. As of now he's only a low-upside flier, though it wouldn't be a stunner if he did carve out top-150 value.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Markieff Morris has agreed to sign with the Thunder, per Shams Charania of ESPN.

    Power forward is the weakest spot on OKC's roster so this is a solid move. That opening likely persuaded him to pick the Thunder despite interest from Houston, Toronto, Brooklyn and others. Morris should immediately step into the backup role behind Jerami Grant and may also give the Thunder more opportunity to toy with small-ball lineups. He's coming off a neck injury and hasn't played since December 26, but is expected to be ready to return out of the All-Star break. Morris is not a must-own player in 12-team leagues but should definitely be scooped up in deeper formats, and it's possible that he does end up with late-round value.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Raptors are interested in Markieff Morris.

    Haynes previously reported that the Lakers and Rockets were interested in Morris. The Pelicans released Morris, who is reportedly cleared to play after missing the last month and change with a neck injury, following his acquisition from the Wizards. The Raptors wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for him, at least for fantasy owners, given their current glut of forward types, but he would help the team's depth. We'll forecast Morris' outlook once he settles on a destination.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Rich Paul, the agent for Markieff Morris, told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports that the Lakers and Rockets have interest in signing Morris for the rest of this season.

    Morris was let go by New Orleans after he was acquired from Washington. He's reportedly cleared to play after missing over a month with a neck injury and should be returning to the court after the All-Star break, if not sooner — assuming he signs quickly. It's unlikely that Morris lands with serious fantasy value but he could be a top-120 player in the right spot, so don't write him off entirely.

    Source: Yahoo Sports

  • Markieff Morris - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Markieff Morris (transient cervical neuropraxia) has been cleared to play, his agent tells Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

    Morris was let go by the Pelicans after the Wizards traded him at the deadline, and he is likely the biggest fish left on the buyout market. Boston, Houston and Toronto have already been rumored as top suitors and Morris will have no issues landing with a contender. He's been out since December 26 and will need some time to work his way back into shape, so even once we know where he'll be playing this won't be a must-add situation.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    As advertised, Markieff Morris was waived by the Pelican on Friday.

    This was the track Morris was on already. Now it's a waiting game to see which contender he lands with and whether there will be enough playing time for late-round value.

    Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans will release Markieff Morris (neck), per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Morris didn't really fit New Orleans' plans and the deal was basically Washington giving the Pelicans a second-rounder to take Morris' salary and help get them under the tax. While there's some concern surrounding his current neck injury, Morris recently said that he was hoping to return right after the All-Star break. He should have no troubles landing with a contender.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Markieff Morris is seeking a second opinion on his neck injury, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

    Morris was diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia and was reportedly targeting the first game out of the All-Star break to make his return, so we'll see what happens here. He could be an interesting fantasy player in New Orleans but he's also rumored to be a buyout candidate, in which case he'd likely sacrifice the shot at statistical production for a chance to partake in a deep playoff run.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Markieff Morris is headed to the Pelicans, along with a second-round pick in exchange for Wesley Johnson.

    This bodes well for the likes of recently acquired Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker as it will limit their competition for minutes long-term. Morris' value remains in limbo, considering the Pelicans are not close to being done wheeling and dealing just yet. For the Wizards, this gets them under the tax line as they look to cut costs with this season unlikely to lead anywhere pleasant. That leaves the door open for guys like Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green to be moved before tomorrow's deadline as well.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - Washington Wizards

    Markieff Morris (transient cervical neuropraxia) is hoping that he'll be cleared for full contact by the All-Star break and said it's possible that he returns for the first game out of the break on February 22.

    Morris last played on December 26 and has missed the last 17 games. This is the first we've heard about any steps in his recovery after he visited a neck specialist in early January. We'd expect him to return with a minutes restriction considering the length of his layoff, but whenever he does return it figures to impact Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant. Both should still play enough to hold value but you might want to temper expectations a bit down the stretch.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

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  • Markieff Morris - F - Washington Wizards

    Markieff Morris has been diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia and will be limited to non-contact work for the next six weeks.

    Morris visited a neck specialist in Dallas yesterday, and this is the diagnosis. He's expected to make a full recovery and should return this season, which is great to hear considering how serious neck injuries can be. Thomas Bryant remains a must-own player in all formats with nobody around to chip away at his minutes via small-ball lineups, while Jeff Green has a good shot at holding late-round value as well. Sam Dekker gets a boost in deep leagues. Morris himself probably isn't worth holding, but if you have IR spots you can put him there for now and make a move if your team is hit with multiple injuries.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - Washington Wizards

    Markieff Morris (out; neck, back) saw a specialist on Wednesday and the team will know more about his status on Thursday.

    Jeff Green and Sam Dekker will continue to hold down the fort at power forward with Morris out. We'll have to wait until Thursday to get an update on Morris. Having to see a specialist for the neck and/or back is never a good sign.

    Source: Chris Miller on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - Washington Wizards

    Markieff Morris (neck, back) will not play on Wednesday.

    Considering the Wizards are playing the Hawks and Morris is supposed to visit a neck specialist in Dallas tomorrow, this is hardly surprising. Jeff Green and Sam Dekker will hold down the backup power forward spot in the meantime.

    Source: Zach Rosen on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - Washington Wizards

    Markieff Morris will see a specialist in Dallas on Wednesday for his neck injury.

    Morris has been sidelined by injuries to his neck and his back. Otto Porter's return is coming at a good time for the Wizards with Morris potentially looking at some time on the shelf. Jeff Green should slide into Morris' minutes while Sam Dekker will help fill the void as well. Thomas Bryant figures to go unchecked as the only real center option left, with apologies to Ian Mahinmi. If you've held Morris this long there's no reason to cut the cord until we hear about the results of this visit, though if there's a hot free agent out there you can definitely make the switch. Morris is not going to play on Wednesday, just in case you were wondering.

    Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter