Rumor: Marcus Morris turned down a $41 million offer from Clippers before pivoting to Spurs, then Knicks
Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the eight-year NBA veteran turned down a $41 million offer from the Clippers before turning his attention to the Spurs and then the Knicks.
Following the 29-year-old’s deal with the Knicks, Morris fired Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul. Paul is widely known around the league as an influencer—representing Los Angeles Lakers players LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Paul was directly involved in securing Davis a spot on the Lakers in the months-long trade discussion between LA and New Orleans, finally culminating in a blockbuster deal that included Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first-round picks going to the Pelicans in exchange for The Brow.
Morris, a 6-foot-9 forward, will be fighting for playing time on the Knicks despite a guaranteed $15 million for his one-year contracted services. The Knicks also signed power forwards Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, and Bobby Portis. Mook can also play the small forward position, and the three other forwards mentioned could switch to center should head coach David Fizdale see fit, but it’s going to be a lot of moving parts for New York, coming off a league-worst 17-65 record in the 2018-19 season.
Morris last played for the Boston Celtics since 2017. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes a game, shooting 44.7% from the floor, 37.5% from 3-point range, and 84.4% from the free throw line last season.