The franchise is keeping the other player involved in the trade that landed Kyrie Irving in Dallas last season
One of the biggest trades during last season in the NBA was the one between the Brooklyn Nets and the Dallas Mavericks. This trade sent Kyrie Irving from Brooklyn to Dallas. But what not everybody remembers is that another player also went to the Mavericks as part of the negotiations. Markieff Morris was this player and the Mavericks are now re-signing him.
The return of Morris was announced Saturday, a little more than two months after Irving agreed to stay with the Mavericks. Both parties agreed on a three-year, $120 million contract. Irving and Morris were traded to Dallas in February. As a counterpart, the Brooklyn Nets received:
- Spencer Dinwiddie
- Dorian Finney-Smith
- 2027 second-round pick
- 2029 first-round pick (unprotected)
- 2029 second round-pick
Morris, 34, played sparingly after the trade, averaging 4.5 points in 8.8 minutes per game with Dallas. The forward has career averages of 10.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 12 seasons with eight teams.
We will have to wait for the beginning of the season to see how much more (or less) Morris will play. The Mavericks traded in some players and we will see how they will be used in the team. Grant Williams and Richaun Holmes were the players drafted. Another factor will be the development of rookie first-round picks Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper.
The player entered the NBA in 2011 after the Phoenix Suns selected him in the first-round. He was the No. 13 overall pick of that season, out of Kansas. The Dallas Mavericks are his eighth career team. He also had stints with the Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. Morris was part of the Lakers’ roster champion of the NBA in 2020.
So far he played a total of 750 games in the league. In this period he averages 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.1 minutes per game. He also has 49 double-doubles throughout his career but never had a triple-double.