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Ian Begley: Knicks GM Scott Perry on the signings of Marcus Morris & Reggie Bullock: “With Reggie & Marcus we are adding two more versatile, hard-nosed & accomplished players to an already improved roster. We value both players’ perimeter shooting & their strong presence” on & off the court.
Shams Charania: Forward Marcus Morris tells @The Athletic @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.”
Bobby Marks: The one-year $15M contract for Marcus Morris in New York now has the team right at the salary cap. New York still has the $4.8M room exception available and now have 14 players on guaranteed contracts.
Shams Charania: Forward Marcus Morris plans to sign a one-year, $15M deal with the New York Knicks, after reopening his agreement with the San Antonio Spurs, tells @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ian Begley: A league source confirms that Marcus Morris will sign a one-year deal for roughly $15 million with the Knicks. New York is also expected to reach an amended agreement with Reggie Bullock, per sources. The Athletic first reported Morris’ agreement with the Knicks.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs have pulled offer to Marcus Morris and agreed to a deal with free agent Trey Lyles, league sources tell ESPN.
Shams Charania: Sources: Free agent Trey Lyles is signing a two-year deal with the Spurs. San Antonio loses Marcus Morris after his week of talks with the Knicks, and signs another top free agent on the market.
There remains mutual interest between the Knicks and Bullock to negotiate a new deal after a medical issue hampered their original agreement, sources said. Bullock’s agent, David Bauman, and the Knicks continue to work together on a new agreement for the six-year veteran. The medical issue that caused a hiccup is unclear, but Bullock has dealt with plantar fasciitis in the past. The Knicks originally agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with Bullock that contained a player option in Year 2.
The Knicks have long been enamored by Morris, according to a source, and would have high interest if the forward reneged on his agreement with San Antonio. ESPN reported that Morris is contemplating backing out of his Spurs agreement and would have interest in New York. Yahoo reported that the Knicks have made an offer of $15 million over one season to Morris. That’s more valuable than the two-year, $20 million agreement Morris had with San Antonio. […] On Thursday morning members of the organization felt confident about the prospect of landing Morris, per people familiar with the matter.
An ESPN report stated that Marcus Morris is reconsidering the two-year, $20 million agreement he reached with the San Antonio Spurs. Morris, according to the report, is considering signing with New York. The club is expected to have additional cap space if it re-works its deal with Bullock, and one SNY source said Tuesday that the team was hopeful of landing Morris in wake of the Bullock issue.
The Knicks had strong interest in Morris entering free agency. One SNY source familiar with the team’s thinking, prior to the Bullock issue, said the Knicks were enamored by Morris’ toughness and how it could influence their young players.
Chris Mannix: Marcus Morris has been frustrated by what he thought would be a stronger market for him this summer, source familiar with his situation told @SInow. Knicks can offer a higher salary for next season, while hitting free agency again in 2020.
Free-agent forward Marcus Morris is considering reneging on his agreement with the San Antonio Spurs to take a deal with the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Morris, who played with the Boston Celtics last season, agreed to terms with the Spurs on a two-year, $20 million pact with a player option on the second year.
There is optimism Morris and the Spurs will finalize their contract, sources said. Word began circulating at Summer League of Morris’ hesitancy when he didn’t show up to take his physical a few days ago.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting with @Marc J. Spears: Free agent Marcus Morris — who committed to a two-year, $20M Spurs deal w/ player option — is re-considering agreement. Morris is now considering a free agent deal with Knicks, who’ll have additional cap space with reworking of Bullock deal.
Jabari Young: On the Marcus Morris front, that was the gossip here in Las Vegas most of yesterday. Word is, there’s a 1-year, $15M deal on the table from #Knicks … #Spurs in real danger of losing him. @The Athletic
Paul Garcia: According to the Athletic, Morris’ second year with the Spurs is a player option.
Mike Fisher: #Mavs liked free agent forward Marcus Morris but opted not to chase him on level w #Spurs … who give him a two-year, $20M deal.
Marcus Morris: No sir! 😂😂
Markieff Morris: 1 down 1 to go! #Badboyrecords
Brad Townsend: Confirmed Mavs’ interest in Marcus Morris, first reported by @fishsports , but also am told Mavs have “a few ahead” of Morris. Mavs are not expecting Danny Green news until tomorrow at soonest.
According to our own Mike Fisher, league sources suggest to DallasBasketball.com that the Dallas Mavericks are hoping to close deals on both Danny Green and Marcus Morris, with Green being the next domino to fall in this process.
Andrew Greif: Among other dealings today, the Clippers reached out to representatives for Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris, sources said. Both hard-nosed players, which fits the ID Clippers want for the team. The team obviously knows Beverley well.
Other free agents on the Knicks’ radar include their own free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins and twins Markieff and Marcus Morris. New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle and the Knicks also have mutual interest, according to sources.
Celtics free agent Marcus Morris will have strong interest as a second-tier free agent, with teams such as the Knicks, Kings, Lakers, Clippers and Bulls expected to be in pursuit, league sources said. Morris, 29, had arguably his best all-around season, averaging 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game and serving as a versatile scorer and defender either as a starter or reserve. League sources say Morris remains open-minded about returning to Boston, which wants to bring Morris back but has several summer priorities such as Kyrie Irving.
Multiple league sources tell NBC Sports Boston that the Knicks, a team with plenty of roster holes to fill this offseason, have interest in at least two other Celtics players besides Irving — Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier — who like Irving, will be free agents this summer. New York’s interest in Rozier has been steady, only to have picked up during Rozier’s strong showing in the playoffs last year and continued through the February trade deadline, which is when Boston made the decision to keep Rozier and the rest of the team intact.
As for Morris, his play in the postseason will increase the number of potential suitors for him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. In nine playoff games, Morris averaged 13.7 points on 51.9 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent shooting from 3-point range, in addition to grabbing 8.1 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game. Besides his numbers, the Knicks really liked the tough, rugged brand of basketball he played during the regular season that spilled over into the playoffs as well. The price tag for Morris remains to be seen, but it’s fair to expect that he will at least double (and likely triple) his $5.375 million salary from this past season. Boston will try and find a way to keep Morris in the fold this summer, but he’s likely to get a bigger-money offer from another team.
Adam Himmelsbach: Chatted w/Marcus Morris last night about his future… “I love Boston and I feel like they gave me an opportunity to really be able to showcase my game at a high level. Gave me an opportunity to win, to get to the playoffs, to really take my name and my game to a higher level.”
Vincent Ellis: Lot of trade scuttlebutt out there, but a little news for the offseason. Don’t be surprised if #Knicks target #Celtics forward Marcus Morris, who will be a FA. And another former #Piston about to get paid.
Morris’ transformation has surprised everyone from Celtics fans to rival team executives. Based on conversations with sources around the league, it’s clear the veteran has set himself up well to cash in when he hits free agency this summer. His development into such a willing and capable 3-point shooter has changed the conversation about him. Combined with his size and versatility, his newfound efficiency would make him a valuable piece on any team.
“A motivator?” he said. “Nah, I wouldn’t say that. Obviously, who wouldn’t want to play well in their contract year, but it wasn’t a motivator. The feeling that I had last year being so close to being in the Finals, that was more of a motivator for me if anything. “Is it in the back of my mind? Nah, man. I mean, I don’t really approach the season and the games like that, to be honest with you. Every year I’ve tried to get better. Even when it wasn’t my contract year, I always tried to improve and bring something else to the game. I’m just getting the opportunity doing it on such a high level with the Boston Celtics, I think it’s just getting noticed more. … So, I don’t think it’s the contract year. I just think I’m in a great system, playing with great players, and I’m being able to feed for myself. It’s not like I can’t get it done.”
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July 18, 2019 | 7:50 am EDT Update
Shane Larkin has informed Anadolu Efes that he’s going to stay with the team in 2019-20 by signing a lucrative 1+1 deal according to Eurohoops sources.
Boston recently signed Fall to an Exhibit 10 contract, which essentially means he would receive a $50,000 bonus if he agrees to join the Celtics’ G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, if he is waived after training camp. But since summer league, fans have been clamoring for Fall to be added to the Celtics’ 15-man roster, and when Guerschon Yabusele was waived last week, there was suddenly an open spot. On Wednesday, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked about Fall’s standing. “We want to take his development very, very seriously,” Ainge said. “He’s a high priority for us to try to really develop into a player.”
“Tacko is fun to watch,” he said. “He makes me laugh. Some of the plays he makes are hilarious, because you just don’t see them. Guards get in a bind and they just throw the ball up in the air, then Tacko grabs them and makes tip-toe dunks from under the basket. It’s just like a senior in high school playing against fourth graders sometimes out there. He’s a great kid. He’s working really hard.”
Crvena Zvezda center Ognjen Kuzmic is planned to be slowly awakened from the medically induced coma he’s been since he sustained head and chest injuries in a car accident Sunday (14/7), the Serbian club announced.
July 18, 2019 | 3:25 am EDT Update
Barry Jackson: Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.