Knicks sign free agent Marcus Morris

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The New York Knicks have signed forward Marcus Morris to a one-year deal. He will be paid $15 million. 

Morris signs with the Knicks after Reggie Bullock accepted a shorter deal than previously agreed upon. He signed a two-year deal worth less then $4.7 million. 

Former Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris reacts after a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Playoffs
Marcus Morris reacts after a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Playoffs (Getty Images)

In addition, Morris ghosted the San Antonio Spurs, who he initially agreed to a deal with. However, once Bullock’s news came down that they were looking to re-work his deal due to a health issue, Morris became New York’s main focus. 

Bullock initially agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the Knicks. Now, he’ll make more then $4 million next season, according to Spotrac.

The second year of his contract is not guaranteed. If it is structured like the other two-year deals that the team signed this off-season, it’ll be a team option. 

The Spurs only had limited money they could offer to Morris. Instead, the Knicks had more money to offer once they re-worked Bullock’s deal.

Morris reportedly turned down a three-year, $41 million deal from the Los Angeles Clippers. He fired his agent this weekend before signing with the Knicks on Tuesday. 

The 29-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native will be joining his fifth NBA team. Besides spending the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics, he also played for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, and the Houston Rockets.

This past season, Morris appeared in 75 games, including 53 games. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 27.9 minutes per game.

The past two seasons with Boston, he averaged 26-28 minutes per game. In his two seasons with the Pistons, he averaged more than 30 minutes per game.

In his pro career, he has appeared in 545 games, including 292 starts. He averaged 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game.

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