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Marcus Morris Reportedly Reconsidering Spurs Contract; Could Sign with Knicks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2019

Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Free-agent forward Marcus Morris is "reconsidering" the agreement he made with the San Antonio Spurs on a two-year, $20 million contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears.

Wojnarowski reported the New York Knicks were working with Reggie Bullock's representatives to renegotiate his two-year, $21 million deal, which would then allow the Knicks to have more money to offer Morris, who's interested in a possible move to New York.

Newsday's Ian Begley reported the Knicks had targeted Morris earlier in free agency before he worked out his deal with the Spurs.

Jabari Young of The Athletic provided more on the situation:

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung

On the Marcus Morris front, that was the gossip here in Las Vegas most of yesterday. Word is, there’s a 1-year, $15M deal on the table from #Knicks ... #Spurs in real danger of losing him. @TheAthleticNBA

ESPN's Bobby Marks noted the lengths the Spurs went to land Morris:

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

Have seen players back out of deals but the Marcus Morris situation takes it to another level- Considering that San Antonio traded Davis Bertans- Acquired Dem. Carroll with the trade exception created from Bertans- Opening up the full $9.3M midlevel for Morris.

The terms shared by Young would fit with the Knicks' offseason strategy. Upon failing to land Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, New York has opted for short-term contracts that allow the team to have maximum flexibility in 2020 and 2021.

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Bullock, Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Wayne Ellington and Elfrid Payton have all agreed to sign multi-year deals with the Knicks. Of that group, Randle is the only one without a team option for next season, per Spotrac.

Of course, the obvious question is why New York would want to sign another power forward after adding Randle, Portis and Gibson.

Yaya Dubin @JADubin5

Marcus Morris is a good player but mostly I am excited for the Knicks to run a lineup with five power forwards.

Perhaps general manager Scott Perry sees Morris as a possible trade asset down the line. The 29-year-old has playoff experience and was one of the Boston Celtics' more consistent contributions last year. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.

If he continued to play that well in the first half of 2019-20, the Knicks could shop him around to playoff contenders and recoup something that provides more long-term value to the franchise.

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