After several weeks of uncertainty, some good news is here at last, as it was reported today that Marcus Morris joined the Clippers in Orlando and took part in the team’s practice. Morris, of course, has been absent from the team up until now, and there was very little indication as to why. Still, reasons behind his prolonged absence aside, Morris is with the Clips now, which is big news for a team missing several key players.
Morris will presumably step right back into the starting power forward role that he held after the trade deadline. While he might be a bit out of shape and out of sync with the rest of the Clippers due to his lack of practicing with the team over the past couple weeks, he should be available for all of the Clippers scrimmages over the next week to get going again. It’s unclear whether or not he will play tomorrow, as that might be a bit soon, but it would seem likely that he plays in the last two scrimmages, at least.
As for what this means for the rest of the team: Morris’ arrival will reduce the minutes of JaMychal Green and Patrick Patterson, as they will return to their roles as backup big men off the bench. Still, as Lucas Hann wrote, whichever of those two gets more minutes and impresses in the scrimmages could well win some minutes when the regular season starts again in earnest.
This is undoubtedly good news for the Clippers. With Morris present, and Landry Shamet hopefully nearing a recovery from his bout with COVID-19, the only Clipper remaining unaccounted for is Ivica Zubac. With any luck, the Clippers will have their full complement of players by the time the regular season starts next week against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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