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That’s per Yahoo Sports after earlier reports of the Lakers’ interest in Morris from the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers have a vacant roster spot after deals before the trade deadline saw Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley sent to the LA Clippers for Mike Muscala.

After accepting their failure to get No 1 trade target Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers also brought in Reggie Bullock in exchange for Svi Mykhailiuk and a future second-round draft pick.

Carmelo headlines the list of players available on the buy-out market but the 10-time All-Star has not played since November and the Lakers are thought to want a star game-ready to make an immediate impact.

With Wayne Ellington – also previously linked to L.A. – having gone to the Detroit Pistons, the Lakers have been tipped to snap up another shooter in Markieff Morris, the twin brother of Boston Celtics star Marcus.

Morris was waived by New Orleans last Thursday after he was traded to the Pelicans from the Washington Wizards in a trade deal for Wesley Johnson.

The ninth-year forward has not played since Boxing Day due to neck and back injuries, known medically as transient cervical neuropraxia. 

Those issues have seen the 29-year-old miss the last five weeks but according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Morris was cleared to resume full basketball activities this week after meeting with Dr. Robert Watkins, a spine specialist, in L.A.

The free agent – who earns $8.6million on his current contract, which expires in the summer – is being considered due to his scoring, defense and toughness per the L.A. Times.

But their report claimed the Lakers wanted to wait to find out whether Morris – who has averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds this season – can get back healthy before making a decision.

And with Morris now seemingly closing in on a return, the Lakers are now free to move.

But the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets are also thought to be interested, says Haynes.

It is reported that Morris – who is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the same as LeBron James and Davis – will pick his next destination before the end of this week.

He has averaged double digits in points for the last five straight seasons and has shot 43.6 per-cent from the floor this season as well as 33.3 per-cent from beyond the arc.

It had been widely presumed Los Angeles would look at Carmelo – a long-time friend of Lakers leader LeBron – as they look to add extra pieces to their roster to end their five-year playoff drought.

Luke Walton’s team are currently 28-28 and 10th in the Western Conference, 2.5 games behind the LA Clippers in eighth.



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