Rumor: Marcus Morris suitors believe Knicks have agreement for him to stay
According to SNY’s Ian Begley, both parties believe they will come to an agreement this summer with the soon-to-be free agent, as “strong mutual interest” exists.
The Knicks are bound to get plenty of offers for Morris, who is averaging 19.2 points and 5.5 rebounds while rifling in 43.9% of his 3-pointers this season.
Morris’ microwave nature and his ability to play at either forward spot is highly enticing for teams, especially the Los Angeles Clippers, who nearly locked in a three-year deal with the veteran in free agency.
Many believe Morris could fetch a late first-round pick in negotiations, considering he’s not locked in beyond this 2019-20 season, but even that juicy fruit dangled in front of Knicks brass might not be enough to land him.
The Knicks reportedly see Morris as a building block due to his locker room presence and his versatile skill set.
If New York intends to re-sign Morris in the summer, it can use the non-Bird exception to sign him to a contract that starts at $18 million and is as long as four years — though that would lock him in until he’s 35 years old.
The Knicks can exceed the cap to re-sign Morris because of this exception, but Morris’ cap hold for next summer of 2020 would still be $18 million nonetheless.