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Jayson Tatum ‘surprised’ Celtics didn’t call Marcus Morris in free agency

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Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum says he was “surprised” the franchise didn’t reach out to veteran swingman Marcus Morris during the free agency period.

Morris signed with the New York Knicks after backing out of an agreement with the San Antonio Spurs. He played two seasons with the Celtics:

“I mean, I didn’t know what the situation was,” Tatum said at Celtics shoot around on Friday, via Mass Live. “But yeah, (I was) surprised.”

Morris averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game with the Celtics last season while shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Morris was going to sign a two-year, $20 million contract with the Spurs before pivoting to the Knicks’ offer. He parted ways with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports this offseason. There were reports which claimed Morris was privately upset his free agent market wasn’t more robust.

The Celtics had a lot of turnover this summer. Boston lost Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Morris. The Celtics acquired Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets in the Rozier sign-and-trade deal. Boston also signed Enes Kanter and drafted Carsen Edwards.

Boston is 4-1 on the young season. After losing to the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night, the Celtics have defeated the Toronto Raptors, Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Knicks again.