Marcus Morris interested in re-signing with Knicks

Ross Houston
February 4, 2020

Marcus Morris talked tough in the preseason, when the New York Knicks made their annual boasts that things were going to be different. Morris said of Crowder: "He's just - a lot of female tendencies on the court, flopping and just throwing his head back the entire game".

Less than 24 hours later, the National Basketball Association weighed in with official discipline stemming from the incident, with a trio of players earning one-game suspensions and two others forced to pony up with fines. In addition to the point guard's discipline, Marcus Morris Sr. was fined for his part in the melee and his postgame comments referring to Crowder as "women-like". Morris apologized on Twitter shortly thereafter, downplaying his misogynistic language.

One would think the Knicks would want to trade Morris so they can get some draft picks in return.

But the Knicks missed Zion Williamson in the draft before Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving chose Brooklyn before NY and left NY to put together a class in which only Morris and Julius Randle consistently participated. They could try to move some veterans and leave the playing time to their young players, but they've learned in recent free agency failures that they need to win some games and show progress to have any hope of luring franchise talent.

Team President Steve Mills, who has not spoken to reporters, is unlikely to hold an unusual press conference to express his disappointment at the November 10 loss to Cleveland.

In 41 games this season for the Knicks, Morris is averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. For what it's worth, Morris has said in the past he doesn't want to get traded and is built for NY.

As officials debated over how to handle the fracas, the fans at Madison Square Garden filled the arena with chants of "Sell the team!"

"And that's probably what every team in the league does".

As usual, majority are doing it better than the Knicks.

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