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Marcus Morris returns home to Philadelphia in Harden trade

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Marcus Morris is a well-traveled NBA player. However, he has never played for his hometown team. 

That all changed in the early morning hours of Halloween. Marcus Morris was part of a package that was acquired in a trade for the Philadelphia 76ers disgruntled star James Harden. 

Former Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr.  poses for a headshot during 2023-24 NBA Media Day
Marcus Morris Sr. poses for a headshot during 2023-24 NBA Media Day (Photo by Nick Tomoyasu/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 34-year-old Forward was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also went to high school at Prep Charter in Philadelphia. 

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He also attended APEX Academy in Pennsauken, New Jersey (approximately 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia) before attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. He was a first-round draft pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2011 NBA Draft. 

Morris will be joining his seventh NBA team when he plays for the 76ers. He has made several visits to the Wells Fargo Center over the years. 

However, he will be in the home locker room moving forward unless the 76ers plan to buy out his contract. At this time, there is no speculation that this would happen this early in the season. 

Morris has yet to play in a game this season. Last season, he started 65 games with the Clippers, averaging 11.2 points per game. 

Since the 2014-15 season, Morris has averaged more than 10 points per game. The last season that he did not average more than 10 points per game came when he was a 24-year-old with the Phoenix Suns when he averaged 9.7 points per game during the 2013-14 season. 

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At this time, it is not clear what the 76ers will do with their starting lineup following the additions of Kenyon Martin Jr., Morris, Robert Covington, and Nicolas Batum. Nick Nurse will make those decisions in the coming days and weeks ahead. 

It is not clear when Morris will make his debut this season. But when he does, he should have a lot of family and friends in attendance being close to home now if his family still lives in the Philadelphia area. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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