Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Spurs pull offer to Marcus Morris, sign former lottery pick

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris goes to the basket past New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Oct. 20 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York Is former Jayhawk Marcus Morris headed to the Knicks? | Tale of the Tait
Cary Erickson | 14 July, 2019, 05:54

According to the Post's report, the Knicks have offered Morris a one-year deal worth $14.8 million, which not only may be enticing for the per-year salary but also for chance for Morris and his agent, Rich Paul, to get into the NY market.

NY suddenly had more money because they themselves re-worked a deal with Reggie Bullock.

NY has signed Marcus Morris to a one-year, $15 million contract, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. In the wake of their decisive action, Mook signed the offer from the Knicks this afternoon.

What Morris did not respect was his verbal commitment to San Antonio, arrived at early in the free agency period. Furthermore, the prospect of potentially earning a similarly large short-term deal likely appealed to Morris, whose career earnings have been smaller than similarly talented peers.

After learning that Morris would be joining the Knicks, the Spurs quickly pivoted to 23-year-old power forward Trey Lyles (per ESPN), who spent his first four seasons with the Utah Jazz. and Denver Nuggets. "This is no knock on the Spurs".

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They had to conduct some salary cap gymnastics to get that deal done by reworking DeMarre Carroll's contract to a three-year, $21 million pact and sending Davis Bertans to Washington as part of a three-team sign-and-trade. Wojnarowski reports the Knicks and Bullock have mutual interest in reaching an agreement with new terms.

But this franchise prioritizes culture above all else, and they simply couldn't add a player who was not totally committed to playing Spurs basketball.

"I had to make this decision based on the best situation for me and my family", Marcus Morris said.

"Our plan wasn't to create $70 million in room to go after free agents this summer", Knicks president Steve Mills told the Undefeated last month.

The Knicks also selected former Duke star RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 draft.