Morris last week appeared bound for San Antonio, as he reportedly agreed to a two-year, $20 million free-agent deal with the Spurs. However, on July 9, word of him wanting out of that agreement became known and the Spurs finally pulled their offer to Morris, opting to sign forward Trey Lyles on Thursday night.
They had to conduct some salary cap gymnastics to get that deal done by reworking DeMarre Carroll's contract to a three-year, $21 million pact and sending Davis Bertans to Washington as part of a three-team sign-and-trade. The swingman whose uncertain health led to a series of last-minute deal changes over the course of the past week. But sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes earlier this week that he was considering reneging on the deal for a $15 million deal with the Knicks.
"I had to make this decision based on the best situation for me and my family", Marcus Morris said. "This is no knock on the Spurs".
NY reportedly values Morris's veteran leadership and talent, though, and at a one-year deal, he does not represent a major investment.More news: UK PM May says she will leave disappointed after Brexit failure
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Morris, 29, averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season while shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point distance.
That unanticipated turn of events opened up cap space for NY that enabled them to make the offer, putting San Antonio in a tough position, having made moves to send big Davis Bertans to the Washington Wizards to facilitate the addition of Mook - all while watching quality free agent alternatives sign elsewhere.
Lyles has split his first four National Basketball Association seasons with the Nuggets and Utah Jazz. In two seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.3 minutes. San Antonio is obviously hoping to see improvement from Lyles.