Marcus Morris Reportedly Doesn’t Want To Be Traded

Knicks Also Prefer To Keep Their Forward

Brandon Contes
January 03, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Marcus Morris is enjoying the best season of his nine-year NBA career with the New York Knicks and it could lead both sides to wanting to continue their partnership.

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The 30-year old forward signed a one-year deal with the Knicks worth $15 million in the off-season. An expiring contract on a bad team caused many to believe Morris could be dealt before the NBA trade deadline Feb. 6.  But according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Morris has expressed a desire to stay in New York and the Knicks also prefer to keep their second-leading scorer.

Morris attracted other suitors in free-agency during the off-season, even agreeing to a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs before changing his mind in favor of New York. Teams would likely show interest in the Knicks forward again should New York put Morris on the trade market.

Knicks forward Marcus Morris defended by Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler Dec 20, 2019; Miami, Florida
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The 2019-20 trade season officially began Dec. 15, when the 190 players who signed free-agent contracts this past summer were eligible to be dealt.

Morris is having a career year wearing orange and blue, averaging 18.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, while shooting more than 45% from three. The 6’ 8” forward is on pace to become the first player in Knicks’ history to average more than 15 points, five rebounds and 2.5 threes in a season.

While the Knicks landed Morris on a one-year deal for this season, he’s likely to require a longer and more lucrative contract this summer. After a 4-18 start to the year that caused David Fizdale to lose his job, the Knicks have been an improved product under interim head coach Mike Miller, going 6-6 and winning their last three games. Still, the Knicks are likely headed for the Draft lottery with or without Morris. 

The Knicks must decide if they should keep Morris and try to win as many games as possible or trade the pending free-agent in preparation of entering the lottery again. So far, it seems like they're leaning toward keeping the 30-year old forward.