Rumor: Marcus Morris still interested in returning to Celtics
Marcus Morris has garnered the reputation as a journeyman throughout his NBA career. Morris has never spent more than two seasons with any of the teams he has played for in his eight years in the league. And after a couple seasons with the Boston Celtics, Morris finds himself entering the free-agent market.
The general assumption was that Morris would be unlikely to re-sign with the team. He frequently voiced his displeasure with the team’s chemistry this past season, and he had one of the more memorable press conferences of the year when he said that playing with the Celtics was not a fun gig, even when the team was winning.
However, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Morris has not ruled out a return to Boston, and that he actually has enjoyed his time with the franchise:
Also told this morning that unrestricted free agent Marcus Morris has not ruled out re-signing with the Celtics as a free agent. He enjoyed his time in Boston and knows he'll have a major role if he returns. But Morris fully intends to test the market and see what is out there.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 16, 2019
Morris started in 53 of 75 games he played in during the regular season, averaging a respectable 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting close to 38 percent from beyond the arc. He was even better in the playoffs, averaging 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds on 52 percent shooting, including a scorching 45 percent from the 3-point line.
Yet for all of his productivity on the score sheet, Morris was often criticized for stagnating the flow of the offense in Boston. In this regard, Morris might find a better fit elsewhere. The Celtics may not even be looking to bring him back should they gain some extra cap space from Al Horford potentially restructuring his deal, and they would likely prefer to add shooters and off-ball players to complement Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.