Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris is charged with a...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris is charged with a flagrant foul against Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving at Barclays Center on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

With their stars in place the Nets continued to build their roster by agreeing to terms on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with Markieff Morris.

Morris, who will turn 33  on Friday, played only 17 games for the Miami Heat last season after suffering a whiplash injury in a scuffle with Denver’s Nikola Jokic. But he provides the Nets with a veteran backup frontcourt player to solidify their roster.

Once Kevin Durant rescinded his trade request, allowing the Nets to return their core of Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons as well as complementary pieces in Joe Harris, Patty Mills, Seth Curry and Nic Claxton, the offseason moves now provide needed help on the fringes. The Nets already added defensive specialist Royce O’Neale and T.J. Warren and Edmond Sumner, two players who have been productive but are returning from injuries.  They also signed free-agent forward Yuta Watanabe to a non-guaranteed contract this week.

The Nets are the seventh team for Morris, who won a title three years ago with the Lakers. Morris played 61 games for the Lakers two seasons ago. Morris' twin brother Marcus played for the Knicks in the 2019-2020 season.

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