The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed 29-year old Markieff Morris off of the buyout market, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

This news serves as quite surprising, as Morris chose Oklahoma City over many others, notably including the Rockets, Lakers, and the Raptors.

Morris serves as a stretch four, and could serve as a big upgrade over Patrick Patterson. In 36 games this season for the Wizards, Morris averaged 11.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting (33.3 percent from three). His season high came early in the season versus Portland when he scored 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting (6-of-10 from three).

Morris has not played since December 26, 2018, because of a neck injury. On Feb. 11, Morris was cleared to play.

The Thunder have now filled up all of their open roster spots, with the two 10-day contract signings of guard Scotty Hopson and center Richard Soloman and most recently the signing of Markieff Morris. Don’t expect the 10-day contract signees to last more than 10 days. Expect the Thunder to wait until all of Deonte Burton’s two-way days are complete to sign him for the rest of the season. That would leave Oklahoma City with one more open roster spot, for possibly another buyout player.

Morris will not suit up tonight versus the Pelicans, so his debut is looking like Friday the Feb. 22 against the Utah Jazz at home.

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