Report: Miami Heat pursued Marcus Morris ‘hard’ in offseason, thought they had him ‘locked in’

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Over the past several months, the Miami Heat have been trying to improve a roster that has already been very solid.

Reportedly, they were very close to signing power forward Marcus Morris this past offseason.

Morris, of course, ultimately re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, whom the Heat played on Monday night in Southern California.

Morris was the game’s leading scorer, dropping 32 points to push a thin Clippers team over the Heat.

The 4 spot is where the Heat have struggled the most this season from a positional standpoint. They have plenty of depth at the guard and wing spots, as well as an improved Bam Adebayo.

But they don’t have a true stretch 4.

So far this season, Morris is averaging 13.5 points in 24.6 minutes a game for the Clippers, and he’s also shooting an extremely high percentage from downtown.

Despite losing Montrezl Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, in free agency, the Clippers still have one of the NBA’s best benches, and Morris is a big reason why.

With an 11-16 record and several other Eastern Conference teams underperforming, now is the time for the Heat to make a move to upgrade the roster.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.