Knicks Shakeup increases Marcus Morris' trading tension


Marcus Morris shook hands with the three traveling Knicks Beat authors and said goodbye when he left the visitor's locker room in Cleveland on Monday evening.

Just in case it was the last time he saw the group for a while.

Morris, in what his Knicks & # 39; Swan song could have been, went out with a bang and delivered yet another clutch performance in her overtime victory.

And that was before President Steve Mills, who intended to sign Morris on a long-term basis and keep him out of the trading market, was fired and replaced on Tuesday morning. According to sources, GM Scott Perry – who is now playing basketball – is more able to negotiate with Morris to collect assets with young Lakers guard Kyle Kuzma, who is said to be associated with the Knicks at the latest.

The trading period is 3:00 p.m. Thursday – 4½ hours before the Knicks return to the yard in the garden against the magic.

"Yes, I know that part," said Morris when asked if Monday could have been his last game as a kink. "I've said it since I've been here, I want to be at the Knicks. It's not my call. We are coming to the deadline. Personally, I love being here and I want to continue to be here."

Dolan has more than ever a right of veto on significant salary movements such as the acquisition of Point Guard D & # 39; Angelo Russell's $ 117 million contract as the Point Guard star of the future. The point is Mills – not Perry – pressed for Russell.

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On Monday, Morris ended with 26 points – 22 in the second half and overtime. With two decisive jumps in the last 30 seconds, he had inherited the smaller role again.

The Knicks bought the 30-year-old Morris, but want a nice repayment – more than just a late choice in the first round, as the Post reported.

Sources show that several applicants have expressed interest. The Clippers tried to sign him up this summer and could use him. Likewise the Sixers, his hometown team.

The Knicks like the young clippers guard Landry Shamet. Mo Harkless, the little striker from St. Johns, had to be added to every deal for the math to work. Morris is making $ 15 million this season.

Morris has had a career year and shoots from the 3-point line with an average of 19.6 points to 43.9 percent, but admits that the trade winds make him nervous.

"I'm a veterinarian," said Morris. "I know how business is going. I know that things will probably only start moving on or before the previous day. It's hard to ignore. I would be lying if I said that. At the end of the day, I just keep my head down and keep going. Whatever comes my way, I'll attack it directly. That's how I deal with it. "

The Knicks, who have already won two games, are faced with numerous expiring contracts, as their season has spilled despite the upward trend of interim coach Mike Miller (11:18). (David Fizdale was 4-18 years old before he was released on December 7).

Morris said he talked to the young players about trade tensions. The Knicks also want to move Allonzo Trier, but that's more for him to give him another chance after falling out of favor here.

"We talked for a while," said Morris. “Ultimately, it's their job. Whether they're going anywhere or staying here, they still have to work hard and keep playing. It is more difficult for a younger player. For me I was in many places. It is more difficult for a young player to go anywhere and still play. But I told them it wasn't the end of the world. You are still an NBA player. If you get a call somewhere else, just keep working and stay professional. "

Miller obviously hopes Morris stays because he wears them late in the games. But there is more to it than that.

"I'm just going to talk about how valuable it was," said Miller. "It was incredible.

"And the big thing I'm going to tell you, we see everything he does when the lights are on. The things he does behind the scenes, in the locker room, with our young players, the exercises where the Guys doing the workouts he does were incredible. He has had such an impact on these guys. He was, we say, a great veteran for these young people who taught them how to be successful and a career. "

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