Morris could miss the beginning of training camp while standing trial for a 2015 assault case, Jack Maloney of CBS Sports reports.
The incident, which also involves Marcus' brother Markeiff, occurred while the brothers were both playing for the Suns. Training camp begins Sept. 26, so if the trial drags on, Morris is in danger of not being able to join his teammates right away to prepare for the season. Depending on the verdict, Morris could face jail time and/or a suspension by the league. If he ends up missing time, the Celtics may have to get creative with their starting five and rotation, possibly moving Gordon Hayward up to power forward.
Morris was traded to Boston on Friday in exchange for Avery Bradley, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Morris is coming off yet another solid season in Detroit, averaging 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds across 33 minutes per game, but he did see a slight drop in his shooting efficiency. Morris will likely fill a void left in the frontcourt by Kelly Olynyk's departure to the Heat via free agency, as it left the Celtics rather light on reliable power forward depth. However, Morris being in Boston will also likely result in a drop in fantasy value, as after spending the last two season as a starter on the Pistons, Morris is expected to come off the bench in Boston with Gordon Hayward and Jae Crowder serving as the likely starters at small forward and power forward.
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.
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