Marcus Morris wants to be in Knicks ‘long term’ amid trade rumors
New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris has been one of the names frequently circulated in NBA trade circles, but he wants to remain in the Big Apple.
Morris told reporters he wants to stay in New York after the Knicks fell to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon saying he loves the team and the future of the organization while also reiterating that those sentiments are unlikely to change before the February trade deadline:
"I want to be here long term"
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Morris poured in 25 points against the Clippers, shooting 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and posting his highest Game Score since Dec. 11, according to Basketball Reference.
The veteran forward entered Sunday’s contest as New York’s second-leading scorer, averaging 18.5 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting a sterling 45 percent from beyond the arc.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported the Clippers as one of the teams showing interest in Morris, also indicating the Philadelphia 76ers as another suitor:
Marcus Morris said he’s still willing to pass it all up to stay with the rebuilding Knicks. The Clippers, who play host to the Knicks on Sunday at Staples Center, reportedly have interest in Morris, though they have a dearth of draft picks following the trade for Paul George.
According to a source, the 76ers also have some interest in Morris as a solid two-way forward bench piece. Morris’ hometown team is on a championship-or-bust mission. Perhaps that would pique Morris’ interest more than L.A.
But given Morris will be a free agent at season’s end, will the Knicks do the same?