Morris isn't expected to play in Wednesday against the Magic, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
The Pistons announced earlier in the day that Stanley Johnson would draw the start at small forward, and it appears that Johnson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tobias Harris and Reggie Bullock will comprise coach Stan Van Gundy's wing rotation in the season finale. Morris' role declined over the final month of the season along with his productivity, but he still only saw marginal declines in his numbers from 2015-16 on the whole. He'll wrap up the campaign with averages of 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 three-pointers across 32.5 minutes per game over 79 appearances.
Morris will come off the bench Wednesday against the Magic, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.
After being held out Sunday against the Grizzlies in a coach's decision, Morris was back the starting five Monday against the Wizards and provided 12 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt), four rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes. Coach Stan Van Gundy will tinker with his lineup again in the season finale, inserting Stanley Johnson in for Morris, but it's not expected the veteran forward will drop out of the rotation entirely like he did Sunday. In any case, with the likelihood that his minutes will take a hit, Morris isn't worth considering in DFS contests.
Both Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are expected to rest Sunday, although they'll be active in an emergency situation for either an injury or foul trouble. That said, Tobias Harris is expected to draw the start at small forward in Morris' place, likely taking the bulk of the workload at the position. Stanley Johnson is also a candidate to pick up added minutes on the wing.
Morris scored two points (1-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and added one rebound and one assist across 16 minutes in a 114-109 win over the Rockets on Friday.
The Pistons are still fighting for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, but that hasn't been apparent given the volatile nature of coach Stan Van Gundy's rotations of late. None of Morris, Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tobias Harris, Reggie Jackson and Jon Leuer -- the team's top six scorers this season -- saw more than 23 minutes Friday, as Van Gundy leaned more heavily on the likes of Boban Marjanovic, Henry Ellenson, Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock. All four of those players were integral to pulling off a key win Friday, so it seems rather unlikely that Morris will recover much playing time over the team's final three games, even though he'll likely retain his designation as the starting small forward.
Morris scored 28 points (12-18 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added 13 rebounds and two blocks in 37 minutes during Thursday's 90-89 win over the Nets.
Morris has kicked the inconsistency up a notch over his last four, alternating 20 point games with single-digit outings. It's representative of the up-and-down month he is having. His inconsistency has cut away at his fantasy value, decreasing his season-averages in every category except blocks. He'll look to build on Thursday's success Friday when the Pistons visit the Bucks.
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