Marcus Morris to sign $15 million deal with New York Knicks

Ross Houston
July 12, 2019

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

Morris had committed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Spurs earlier this week.

NY has signed Marcus Morris to a one-year, $15 million contract, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources.

Many believed that Morris, coming off a career season, was poised for a significant payday this summer as the most effective, experienced forward on the open market among second-tier free agents.

The one-year contract allows Morris to enter a weaker free agent class next season, giving him a chance to negotiate a better, longer-term deal when teams may have more cap space. But, he was reportedly reconsidering that contract, leading San Antonio to withdraw the offer, according to ESPN.

Forward Marcus Morris tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium on reopening his free agency and signing with the Knicks on a one-year, $15M deal: "I had to make this decision based on the best situation for me and my family". He added that "this is no knock on the Spurs".

Morris averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 37.5% from 3-point range for the Celtics last season. "I have respect for them".

NY reportedly values Morris's veteran leadership and talent, though, and at a one-year deal, he does not represent a major investment.

However, most players improve on that end of the floor in Gregg Popovich's system and Lyles is likely to do the same after arriving in San Antonio.

In the meantime, they've gone from KD and Kyrie to a cornucopia of power forwards, while the Spurs can only fume about getting spurned.

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