Why Marcus Morris should be at the top of the wish list for the Lakers via trade

Why The Lakers Should Acquire Morris

The Los Angeles Lakers would stand to benefit from acquiring Morris at the NBA’s trade deadline on Feb. 6. The veteran big is averaging 19.0 points per game and shooting 46.7% from 3-point range during the 2019-20 season. Morris has been a lone bright spot for the Knicks, although the organization is loathe to trade him in spite of his expiring deal.

Could Lakers Trade Kuzma to Knicks?

That could be fluff spread to the public to raise Morris’ value, however. Given the right price, the Knicks would absolutely deal Morris to the Lakers. Through the grapevine, New York apparently values acquiring decent and young-ish players over raw assets like future draft picks. Kyle Kuzma has been thrown around trade proposals. And it’s widely known L.A. approached the Sacramento Kings for wing Bogdan Bogdanovic. Should the Lakers be rebuffed approaching the deadline, it would be smart to discuss a deal with Knicks general manager Scott Perry on Morris’ availability.

The question of price is particularly intriguing given the organization and Lakers fans’ evaluation of the 24-year-old Kuzma. Kuzma has far from flourished during the 2019-20 season after the arrival of All-NBA power forward Anthony Davis. Morris has actually mostly played at small forward for New York. So given the franchise’s proclivity to play big, it’s not a stretch to suggest plugging Kuzma at the three would be doable.

Should the Lakers prefer solving their Kuzma-Davis headache by trading the former, the Knicks could be a worthy destination in order to acquire the expiring Morris (who turned down a multi-year offer in the summer from in-arena rival Clippers).

The Lakers are already the tenth-best 3-point shooting team in the NBA. But they are in the bottom third in takes and makes. The potential arrival of Morris would provide reasonable size and shooting for a team that often pairs LeBron James with Davis and JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard in the front court.