LA Clippers: 3 ideal replacements if Nicolas Batum doesn’t re-sign

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No. 2 ideal replacement if Nicolas Batum doesn’t re-sign with the LA Clippers: Markieff Morris

It was just last offseason when the LA Clippers were interested in picking up Markieff Morris.

Morris and his brother Marcus Morris Sr. of the Clippers had played well in the past together with the Phoenix Suns, and were often vocal about how much it meant for them to play together.

If Batum can’t be re-signed, don’t be surprised if the Clippers take a look at Markieff. Markieff, like Batum, is a solid three-point shooter. He only shot 31.1% this year, but the larger sample size shows more.

In his ten-year career, he’s shot 34.1% from deep, which certainly isn’t bad for a power forward.

When playing with his brother in the 2014-15 season, Markieff had perhaps the best year of that ten year career. He averaged career-highs in points per game (15.3), steals per game (1.2), and assists per game (2.3) that year.

He has some built-in chemistry with Marcus, he’s an athletic four who can play multiple positions like Batum can, and provides the Clippers with some needed size that can also shoot. He needs to be in the discussion if the Clips can’t find a way to keep Batum.