L.A. Clippers Acquire Marcus Morris Sr. in a Three Team Trade
As part of the trade, L.A. will send to New York forward Maurice Harkless, a 2020 first round pick, a protected 2021 first round swap option, and Detroit’s 2021 second round pick. The Clippers will send guard Jerome Robinson to Washington.
“Marcus is a player we’ve admired for a long time,” said Frank. “He is an established scorer, elite shooter, and imposing defender. We are excited to add his experience and toughness to our team.”
Added Frank, “Moe is a true professional who played a key role for our team this season. We wish him the best in New York. Jerome is a talented young player and we will be rooting for him as he continues his career in Washington.”
Morris Sr., 30, appeared in 43 games this season and is averaging career-highs in points (19.6), three-pointers made (2.7) and three-point field goal percentage (43.9). In his ninth NBA season he is also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.3 minutes. The Philadelphia native holds career averages of 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.9 minutes across 588 appearances with the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. The 6’8”, 218-pound forward played three collegiate seasons at the University of Kansas, where he was named Big 12 Player of the Year as a Junior in 2011, before being selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.
Harkless, 26, appeared in 50 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.8 minutes. He holds career averages of 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 23.0 minutes with the Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and Clippers. Harkless played one collegiate season at St. John’s University, where he was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 2012 and averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 36.1 minutes.
Thomas, 30, appeared in 40 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 12.2 points and 3.7 assists in 23.1 minutes. The Tacoma native holds career averages of 18.1 points and 5.0 assists in 28.9 minutes over 525 games with NBA seven teams. The 5’9”, 185-pound guard played three collegiate seasons at the University of Washington, where he was named to the 2010-11 All-Pac 12 first team before being drafted by the Kings with the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Robinson, 22, was selected by L.A. with the 13th pick in the 2018 Draft and has appeared in 75 games for the team. In his two seasons with the Clippers, he has averaged 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.6 minutes. A three-year player at Boston College, Robinson earned First Team All-ACC honors as a junior in 2018.