After the business moratorium lifted on Saturday, it was reported that eight-year veteran Marcus Morris had come to an agreement with the San Antonio Spurs, worth $20 million with a player option for the second year of his deal. His potential role on the team would’ve either been to accompany Rudy Gay at the wing spot or to backup seven-time NBA All Star LaMarcus Aldridge. This comes after the teams astonishing 48-34 record without their star forward Kawhi Leonard and a questionable all-star fit in Demar Derozan, in a bid to improve their roster for playoff contention.
It was not long before Morris reconsidered his deal with the Spurs, then politely backing out in favor for another deal set in place by the New York Knicks.
Word about reconsideration for the deal began to spark on Tuesday, with Shams Charania reporting that the New York Knicks had swiped Marcus Morris from the Spurs with a one-year $15 million deal. This addition increases the number of big men the Knicks have acquired in the offseason with the introduction of Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson and Julius Randle to play down low.
Despite the change of heart, Marcus Morris wanted to let the Spurs organisation know that the decision was not made with fowl intention, stating;
I had to make this decision based on the best situation for me and my family. This is no knock on the Spurs. I have respect for them.Marcus Morris, via Shams Charania on his decision
Morris spent the last two seasons donning a Celtics jersey as a standout reserve. In his most previous season (2018-2019), he averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He also provides the solid “tough-guy” mentality, being seen as a rough veteran that can handle the dirty plays for his franchise.
For the Knicks, Morris can provide the veteran leadership they desperately need in their young roster, potentially mentoring small-forward Kevin Knox in strength and roughness for the game. Whilst it has been seen as a questionable move (bringing in many others that can play the same position), there are definitely some visible upsides that just aren’t available on the court.
With the Spurs losing out on Marcus, their attention has been shifted to signing 23 year old Trey Lyles. Whilst no offer has been made official, consensus in the organization sees a two-year deal being in play. The number 12 pick in the 2012 NBA draft 8.5 points in 17.5 minutes for the Denver Nuggets, hoping to see an increase in his role within the NBA.