Rumor: What Knicks are asking Lakers, Clippers to trade for Marcus Morris
The NBA trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and the Marcus Morris sweepstakes are fully underway. The New York Knicks are looking to trade Morris, with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers in full pursuit of his services.
The asking price the Knicks are seeking from both the Lakers and Knicks has been reported by Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. New York is interested in Kyle Kuzma and would need Danny Green’s contract in a trade package from the Lakers, with a plan to flip Green elsewhere. Meanwhile, there is a hangup with the Clippers regarding Landry Shamet, but they are willing to give up Maurice Harkless:
Lakers/Clippers in trade conversations about Knicks' Marcus Morris, sources. NY interested in Kyle Kuzma; would need Danny Green's contract to make work. NY would want to move Green to another team. Clippers willing to part with Mo Harkless, but like Landry Shamet, who NY wants.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 5, 2020
Whether the Lakers or Clippers manage to pull off a trade with the Knicks for Morris remains to be seen. There will be added motivation for either team to get more aggressive in their pursuit not only to improve their own team now, but to prevent their rival from being able to improve.
The Lakers and Clippers may not even end up being the only teams in the mix, but they are the main ones at the moment. However, the Knicks may not even be too inclined to trade Morris if they don’t receive significant compensation since they have pondered signing him to a long-term deal, too, though the firing of Steve Mills has them more inclined to deal the forward.
Morris is having a strong season with the Knicks, averaging an impressive 19.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Let’s not forget, he is shooting 43.9 percent from deep on an average of 6.1 attempts per game. He has been impactful creating his own shots out of pick-and-roll and isolation while being a knockdown spot-up threat.
Unfortunately, Marcus Morris’ excellent season hasn’t led to wins. While he wants to stay, the Knicks must do what’s best for them.