Has Morris’ time with the LA Clippers come to an end?

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Following a solid start to the year, the three-level scoring wing, Marcus Morris, was receiving motivating praise on how consistent he had been for the LA Clippers. With the injuries of the superstar duo, Morris was doing a phenomenal job at carrying the load. Not only was he scoring, but he was crashing the glass and hustling on defense.

However, Morris’ consistency came to an end as the season progressed. While he may be shooting the three-ball at a high clip, his shot selection and defensive efforts are some of the reasons why the Clippers are being held back. This is a bad look for a player who is paid around 16 million annually.

Throughout Morris’ last 14 games, he averaged 12.1 points while shooting 38.4% from the field and 32.9% from three. Additionally, Morris has posted a defensive rating of 113.2 during this time frame and a combined +/- of -63. This clearly shows his impact each time he steps on the floor.

Regardless of whether or not Morris is in a shooting slump, head coach Tyronn Lue needs more from his shot-creator if they want a substantial chance at winning games. That said, it may be time for the Clippers’ front office to move on from Morris in hopes of finding another all-star.

Trading Morris is currently the best option for the LA Clippers.

With the way he has performed for the LA Clippers, it is inevitable for Marcus Morris’ name to be involved in trade rumors. Although Morris may be a great fit next to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, adding another star should be one of the front office’s main priorities.

Furthermore, many other title-contending teams could utilize a player like Morris. When he is at his best, he is undoubtedly, one of the best three-point shooters in the world. Morris can create space from just about anywhere through the catch-and-shoot or off-the-dribble. A team that lacks scoring will likely benefit from making the trade.

Moreover, the LA Clippers may add in young talent, and draft picks to acquire a two-way threat. Lue needs a star who can score the ball, rebound, and, most importantly, defend at the highest level. This criterion is the ultimate blueprint for the Clippers’ success.

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Nonetheless, the LA Clippers should begin inquiring about players whose talents fit their needs. As of right now, trading Morris seems like the most logical decision. Additionally, this move will free up minutes for players like Robert Covington and Amir Coffey, who deserve consistent playing time on a nightly basis.