San Antonio Spurs rumors: Marcus Morris may back out of reported deal
By Andrew Ites
The San Antonio Spurs are in danger of losing their prize acquisition of free agency as Marcus Morris is reportedly reconsidering his reported agreement to join the team.
San Antonio Spurs fans thought the team may have been done in free agency after they signed DeMarre Carroll to a two-year, $13 million deal to add some veteran depth on the wing.
However, they reportedly reworked Carroll’s contract to make it a three-year, $21 million deal which allowed them to open up the mid-level exception again after clearing cap space by trading Davis Bertans to Washington.
The Spurs used that financial flexibility to sign the best free agent on the market at the time by offering Marcus Morris a two-year, $20 million deal that he reportedly committed to signing.
San Antonio’s offseason took another wild turn today as Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears are reporting that Morris is re-considering that deal and may not become a Spur after all.
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Woj and Spears report that the Knicks have restructured their deal with Reggie Bullock to create enough cap space to potentially sign Morris as a free agent.
If Morris decides to back out of the deal, the Spurs will essentially be left out in the cold as there is no one left on the free agent market that has the same level of talent as the former Celtics forward.
San Antonio has already officially announced the signing of Carroll and the trade of Davis Bertans, so it is unlikely that they would be able to back out of those deals if Morris ends up with the Knicks.
The Spurs’ reported signing of Marcus Morris was going to give them an extremely deep wing rotation after they struggled in that area of their roster last season, but now they could miss out on Morris and lose an important piece in Bertans while continuing to sit on an unused mid-level exception.
San Antonio can’t really sweeten their offer to Morris at the moment because that two-year, $20 million (with a player option for the second year) is all they could give him considering their current salary cap situation.
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We’ll continue to keep a close eye on this situation as it unfolds. The Spurs’ seemingly shrewd offseason could totally crumble if they end up losing Marcus Morris to New York.