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Rumor: Lakers, Clippers monitoring Knicks’ Marcus Morris

Marcus Morris, Lakers, Clippers, Knicks

The Los Angeles Lakers and hallway rival Los Angeles Clippers are keeping a close eye on New York Knicks leading scorer Marcus Morris, one of the hottest commodities available ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

Now less than a month away from the Feb. 6 cutout date, both the Lakers and Clippers will “monitor the market” for Morris, doing their due diligence ahead of the deadline, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.

Morris, who’s shooting a career-high 43% from deep this season, has shown the ability to play both forward spots effectively, all while providing a more-than-decent scoring punch as a starter for the Knicks.

However, Morris is no stranger to being a spark plug coming off the bench, doing so for the vast majority of his stint with the Boston Celtics.

Some within the Knicks see value in Morris staying past the deadline, as his leadership and abilities have been key in New York’s progress after head coach David Fizdale was fired in early December.

The Philadelphia native has also drawn interest from his hometown 76ers, but he claims he is hoping to be with New York the entire season after balking on a two-year, $20 million offer from the San Antonio Spurs to ink a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks in the summer.

Marcus Morris also had a potential three-year deal lined up with the Clippers before he gave the Spurs a verbal agreement, an interest that is resurfacing now with the Clips keeping a close eye on his situation.