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Mavericks re-sign Markieff Morris, who came to Dallas in Kyrie deal

26 Sep | opinion | BY George Fotev | MIN READ TIME |
Mavericks re-sign Markieff Morris, who came to Dallas in Kyrie deal

DALLAS — Markieff Morris, the other player in the trade that brought Kyrie Irving to Dallas from Brooklyn, is re-signing with the Mavericks.

The return of Morris was announced Saturday, a little more than two months after Irving agreed to stay with the Mavericks on a three-year, $120 million contract. Irving and Morris were traded in February.

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.

Whether Morris sees more playing time will depend on the roles of trade acquisitions Grant Williams and Richaun Holmes. Another factor will be the development of rookie first-round picks Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper.

Morris was with the Los Angeles Lakers when they won the championship in the 2020 playoff bubble in Florida.

As Harris, all 5-foot-8 of him, prepares for a live interview, the producers have a dilemma: Buck is 6-1, Aikman is 6-4. They’re in town to work ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast of the Commanders’ preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. If Harris stands between them, the height difference will be noticeable.

How do you ask a man who just spent $6.05 billion — the highest price in history for any North American sports franchise — to … stand on a wooden box?

To anyone who used to work for Harris’ Commanders predecessor, Daniel Snyder, it is unusual that Harris is even considering the box. Snyder rarely granted interviews during his 24 years in charge and didn’t take kindly to commentary on his height. But Harris is cut differently. He often speaks about how being undersized as a kid and wrestling in college at 118 pounds formed his personality, a relentlessness and scrappiness that has fueled his professional life, too. And he has been relentless as hell evaluating everyone and everything within the organization since he took over nine weeks ago.

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George Fotev

George Fotev

Sports writer who is responsible for the Sportal's cricket, rugby, tennis and UFC betting content, as well as football betting tips.

George Fotev

George Fotev

Sports writer who is responsible for the Sportal's cricket, rugby, tennis and UFC betting content, as well as football betting tips.