Free agent forward Marcus Morris originally agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs last week.
However, he has backed out of his agreement and will now sign a one-year, $15 million deal with the New York Knicks instead, according to The Athletic.
It’s a very interesting situation and you have to wonder what the backlash will be against Morris and his agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who already may have some ill will drawn towards him for other negotiations he’s had for some of his other clients.
Morris had a solid season last year for the Boston Celtics, averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 75 games played. He also shot 37.5% from three-point distance, his best mark in that category in five seasons.
He joins a very crowded Knicks frontcourt that already signed Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, and Taj Gibson in free agency and already had Mitchell Robinson on the roster.
As for the Spurs, they have to pick up the pieces with Morris backing out, as they had already made moves to clear space for the veteran forward by moving Davis Bertans to the Washington Wizards in a trade.
The Spurs signed Trey Lyles to a deal immediately after the news of Morris committing to the Knicks broke on Thursday evening, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lyles has shown some promise in a limited role for the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets during his first few seasons in the league and will now likely get a bigger role with San Antonio, who has shown to develop young talent in Gregg Popovich’s system through the years.