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Houston Rockets: Buyout options the team should look to sign

By Michael Knight
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 19: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket during the game against the Houston Rockets on December 19, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 19: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket during the game against the Houston Rockets on December 19, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 19: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket during the game against the Houston Rockets on December 19, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 19: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket during the game against the Houston Rockets on December 19, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Markieff Morris

I feel like Markieff Morris could be a perfect fit for the Rockets moving forward. The team needs another capable power forward and Morris could be just that. At the very least, this could be a low-risk, high-reward move for Houston.

While his 3-point percentage isn’t as high this year as the Rockets would like (33.3%), he still shot over 36% from downtown in the past two seasons combined. A little added motivation being on a team looking to contend for a championship should help his cause a bit.

Being 6’10, the Rockets would also have the ability to have Morris play a small ball center and stretch the floor even more. The ability to play both power forward and center for the Rockets is a rarity, and Morris is someone that can do that.

There are some concerns with Morris, though, despite the positives. He makes quite a few mistakes at times and can really hurt a team in that way. He also isn’t the world’s greatest defender, something the Rockets need. I think for the minimum, though, he would be worth the risk due to his versatility.

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