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With Marcus Morris pulling out of a reported agreement with the San Antonio Spurs, the free-agent forward is signing a one-year, $15 million deal with the New York Knicks, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
“I had to make this decision based on the best situation for me and my family,” Morris told Charania. “This is no knock on the Spurs. I have respect for them.”
Morris reportedly reached agreement on a two-year, $19 million with the Spurs on July 7. 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.
The 29-year-old Morris averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes in 75 games (53 starts) for the Boston Celtics last season, shooting career-bests from the field (44.7), from deep (43.1 percent) and the free-throw line (84.4 percent).
The 14th overall puck of the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kansas by the Houston Rockets, Morris has career marks of 11.5 points, 4.6 bards and 1.5 assists in 26.5 minutes in 545 games (292 starts), along with a shooting line of 43.1/36.0/74.7 in eight NBA seasons.
Morris has also played for the Phoenix Suns and the Detroit Pistons in addition to the Rockets and the Celtics.