Rockets, Lakers expressing interest in free-agent forward Morris

Former Wizards forward Markieff Morris is reportedly set to join the Thunder.

Free-agent forward Markieff Morris is drawing interest from the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Morris, 29, has been cleared to play after recovering from a neck injury, having been sidelined since Dec. 26 after he was diagnosed with transient cervical neurapraxia.

The veteran forward was traded by the Washington Wizards along with a 2023 second-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson last week and the eight-year veteran was promptly waived by the Pelicans.

Morris averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.0 minutes in 34 games (15 starts) this season, shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from deep and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Kansas by the Phoenix Suns, the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris carries career averages of 11.8 points, 5.6 boards and 1.7 assists, along with a shooting line of 45.0/33.8/77.9, having played in Phoenix before joining the Wizards during the 2015-16 season.