Marcus Morris could end up in Los Angeles, but with which team is uncertain.
After training on Wednesday, the Knicks didn't allow Morris to speak to the media. That was a sure sign that it was trading on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Deadlines are decent.
According to an NBA source, Knicks interim president Scott Perry has several suggestions – the Lakers and Clippers are waging their own intercity fight to snap the veterans in both directions.
The Knicks also feel in search of Point Guard D'Angelo Russell and his $ 117 million contract, but refuse to give up their 2020 lottery choice, according to sources, and seem far from the Golden's high demands State to be away.
The Post reported the Knicks like young Clipper sniper Landry Shamet, but the Los Angeles Times reported that this was a holdover. The clippers are trying to stop 22-year-old Shamet (39.5 percent 3-point shooter) from making a deal that would involve Mo Harkless for the math to work. The Clippers have longed for Morris and have tried to sign him as a free agent in July.
At the same time, the Knicks are hoping for a deal with the Lakers that would win young attacker Kyle Kuzma, 24, who doesn't go well with LeBron James and Anthony Davis after their solid first two seasons in LA.
However, Kuzma is earning $ 2 million this season and the Lakers will have to add another pact to each package. The LA Times reported that it would be Danny Green, but the Knicks would ideally want a third team to adopt Green's two-year contract. The post reported that NBA executives said a Morris deal would likely require three teams due to Morris' $ 15 million pact.
The Knicks could still keep Morris if the package wasn't strong enough and try to sign it again in July. But that would be up to a future team president. Former Knicks president Steve Mills, who was fired on Tuesday, tended to re-sign Morris.
If Perry makes the bid, the Knicks are more able to deal with him, but they are not desperate to do so.
Morris and Julius Randle have started to score well in the past few weeks. The Knicks have been 4: 5 in the last nine competitions, and Morris continues to deliver high-clutching, game-decisive baskets for his career-high 3-point shooting (43.9 percent).
"I would love it to stay," said Randle. "I don't make those decisions. He had a great year. I'm sure whatever happens, he'll be fine, he'll be happy."
Interim trainer Mike Miller also hopes for Morris sticks.
"Marcus has a career year in many ways," said Miller. "I enjoyed coaching Marcus every day. He was amazing in the locker room. His voice was so good for our young people."
The Knicks would also like to move second grader Allonzo Trier to give him a chance since he was caught in a gunman's jam after his impressive first year.
The Knicks have four point guards – Elfrid Payton jumping off a triple double, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kadeem Allen. But none of the four turned out to be a definite starter. That's why Russell, an all-star of 2019, is attractive to the Knicks.
"I'm not worried at all," said Payton, who was trading from Orlando to Phoenix two years ago on the closing date. "When something happens, it happens. I can't control that. "
Perry moved in to Payton in Orlando and worked to sign him last year. Payton is essentially an expiring contract, though it has guaranteed $ 1 million for the next season. (Taj Gibson, Reggie Bullock, and Wayne Ellington are also on the books for a million dollars next season.)
"I feel like a good leader from Scott, man," said Payton. “Someone that I trust in my career. He moved me in. I know it has been a tough year, but I still have complete confidence in Scott. “I think he has a vision. Win, lose or draw, I'm with Scott. "
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