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Marcus Morris
Marcus Morris
Position: F
Born: 09/02/89
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $15,000,000
The Knicks’ home opener will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. the revamped Celtics at the Garden, The Post has learned. The immediate Celtics visit means ex-Knick center Enes Kanter will make an early Garden return. It also will give new Knicks forward Marcus Morris, who played for the Celtics, a chance to go against his former club.
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“All this stuff that (Paul) didn’t want me to go to the Clippers and didn’t want me to go against LeBron (James), that’s not true,” Morris said. “He never told me not to take the deal. For as long as I’ve known Rich — and that’s still someone I have love for and that’s still my guy — he has been great in terms of advice. He told me he wanted me to take the Clippers deal. He gave me his advice. “It was my decision and I had to make the best decision for me and my family.”
“I have a good relationship with those guys and I have so much respect for (head coach) Pop (Gregg Popovich), (general manager) RC (Buford) and (assistant GM) Brian Wright,” Marcus Morris told The Athletic. “The first thing that I did when I knew I would be going another direction, I called and made sure they knew. There was no shade. There’s no disrespect. I had great conversations afterward, and as long as I feel that I’m clear with them and gave them my truth, I feel good about moving forward. I was under the impression that I didn’t have anything left. I thought at the time that the Spurs deal was all that I had. The process wasn’t what I expected and it didn’t go the right way.”
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Morris has seen the speculation surrounding him turning down the Clippers’ three-year offer, but makes it clear that this was his decision and that he wanted to go through his process. “All this stuff that (Paul) didn’t want me to go to the Clippers and didn’t want me to go against LeBron, that’s not true,” Morris said. “He never told me not to take the deal. For as long as I’ve known Rich — and that’s still someone I have love for and that’s still my guy — he has been great in terms of advice. He told me he wanted me to take the Clippers deal. He gave me his advice. “It was my decision and I had to make the best decision for me and my family.”
Morris says he also valued his family and the close proximity to his hometown Philadelphia as part of the reasons he chose New York. Morris spoke to Knicks coach David Fizdale and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich during the process. “Pop and I had a long conversation about everything, not just basketball,” Morris told The Athletic. “I have a lot of love for that organization and the opportunity they were giving me to put on a Spurs jersey. That was part of my process. He was the only coach I spoke to besides coach Fiz. “Playing close to home, being from Philly, I get to see my family a lot.”