2019 Free Agency
Reports: Marcus Morris spurning Spurs for deal with Knicks
Spurs reportedly turning to Trey Lyles instead
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 free-agent forward Trey Lyles.
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
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 11, 2019
Though it was originally reported that Morris intended to sign with the Spurs shortly after the business moratorium lifted on Saturday, word about a ‘reconsideration’ began bubbling on Tuesday. Charania reported that, despite the turn of events, 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.”
Morris spent last the past two seasons with the Boston Celtics, serving as a standout reserve for them. In the 2018-19 season, Morris averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
The 23-year-old Lyles is said to be set for a two-year deal with the Spurs, after spending the past two years as a member of the Denver Nuggets. He was originally drafted No. 12 overall (2012) by the Utah Jazz, and averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17.5 minutes last season.