After his one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks was reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania, Morris went out of his way to ensure the basketball world knew his choice to sign with NY was "no knock" on San Antonio.
NY is still optimistic it will add Bullock, according to a report from SNY. The Spurs are reportedly moving on from Marcus Morris by signing Trey Lyles.More news: Louisville basketball: Cardinals as characters from Stranger Things
The soon-to-be 30-year-old Morris signed a four-year, $20 million contract with Phoenix in a unique deal where he and his twin brother Markieff split $52 million however they saw fit. He added that "this is no knock on the Spurs".
Lyles, 23, averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.5 minutes in 64 games (2 starts) for the Denver Nuggets last season, shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 25.5 percent from deep and 69.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Morris explained he made the decision based on what's best for his family. "I have respect for them". Lyles was with the Utah Jazz for the first two years of his National Basketball Association career and then played the last two seasons for the Denver Nuggets. Portis and Gibson could end up with some playing time at center behind another promising second-year player, Mitchell Robinson, as could Randle in some small-ball lineups.More news: Modern man came earlier to Europe than assumed
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news, with Shams Charania of The Athletic following through with additional detail. For Morris's part, putting up good numbers with the Knicks could allow him to return to free agency next summer and earn at least as much in salary, if not more.
In the meantime, they've gone from KD and Kyrie to a cornucopia of power forwards, while the Spurs can only fume about getting spurned.More news: ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' to End after Next Season