Reports: Marcus Morris spurns Spurs for Knicks
NBA.com Global on Jul 12, 2019 07:55 AM
FILE - CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 19: Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on November 19, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
According to multiple reports, an offer by the San Antonio Spurs to free-agent forward Marcus Morris has been pulled, leaving the eight-year veteran to sign a one-year, $15-million deal with the New York Knicks. The Spurs will reportedly opt instead for fourth-year forward Trey Lyles, who spent the last two years with the Denver Nuggets after originally being drafted No. 12 overall by the Utah Jazz in 2012.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news, with Shams Charania of The Athletic following through with additional detail.
Spurs have pulled offer to Marcus Morris and agreed to a deal with free agent Trey Lyles, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 11, 2019
Charania reported that Morris hopes for a clean break with San Antonio:
Forward Marcus Morris tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium on reopening his free agency and signing with the Knicks on a one-year, $15M deal: “I had to make this decision based on the best situation for me and my family. This is no knock on the Spurs. I have respect for them.”— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 11, 2019