By: Kenny Doyle
Closing statements were made in the Morris twins trial today in Phoenix. Markieff and Marcus Morris are standing trial for an assault charge from back in 2015. The evidence against the Morris twins doesn't look great for the prosecution as the trial winds down. A couple of Instagram posts placing the Morris' twins at the scene and some shady testimony's from witnesses that the defense claims were paid to say what the prosecution wanted them to say are likely not enough to get a guilty verdict. It's looking like the Morris twins will end up getting off, but the jury still has to deliberate. Both of the Morris twins' lawyers stressed how weak the evidence is against their clients in their closing statements.
When exactly Marcus Morris will join the Celtics will depend on how long the jury will need to come to a decision and, if they end up being found guilty, how quickly the judge will decide on sentencing. Both the Morris twins could end up facing anything from community service to jail time if found guilty.
For the Celtics, Morris' absence is extremely frustrating. With an almost entirely new team this season, Morris missing training camp is problematic. Morris was expected to have a chance to start at power forward for the Celtics this season and the longer the trial continues on, the less time Morris will have to learn the Celtics offense and build chemistry with his teammates before the start of the season, and that's if the trial even ends before the Celtics tip off in Cleveland. The Celtics need to worry about getting Kyrie, Gordon Hayward, and the rest of the new players acclimated and Morris being so far behind the rest of the team by the time he comes back will be just another hurdle that coach Brad Stevens will have to coach around at the beginning of the season.
It looks like, at least for the first few weeks of the season, Morris won't be starting next to Al Horford in the front court leaving Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes, and Guershon Yabusele as the remaining options. For continued updates on the Morris trial stay with Guy Boston Sports.