The LA Clippers held one of their biggest free agent priorities.
Free agent Marcus Morris has agreed a $ 64 million four-year deal to return to the Clippers, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal comes as this year’s sixth man Montrezl Harrell left the Clippers to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Going forward, JaMychal Green, another keyless agent for the Clippers, signed a $ 15 million two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, a league source told ESPN, confirming news first reported by The Athletic.
Meanwhile, free agent Patrick Patterson is also returning to the Clippers on a one-year deal, Excel Sports Management agent Sam Goldfeder told Wojnarowski.
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6-foot-8 Morris gave the Clippers versatility in their frontcourt, averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 47.5% from 3-point range in the playoffs.
The Clippers knocked out other teams competing for Morris at last season’s deadline by trading Maurice Harkless for the New York Knicks along with a 2020 round pick, a protected 2021-round swap option and a 2021 second-round pick from Detroit. They also sent guard Jerome Robinson to Washington as part of the three-team deal for Morris.
Morris was a top priority in going into free agency, but when Harrell was gone, the Clippers really needed Morris’ versatility to play center and defend big and small frontcourt players. Morris also brings his much-needed brand physicality, though he sometimes tears up the line, as when he sparked controversy in the first round against Dallas. He stepped on Luka Doncic’s left ankle during game 5 and refused to try to injure Doncic, who took exception while playing with a sprained ankle. Morris was also pushed out of Game 6 after committing a blatant violation of Doncic. The veteran again denied that he was trying to hurt Doncic.
Morris, 31, has played with six teams and had a career season with the Knicks before the deal for the Clippers. He averaged a career-high of 19.6 points and 43.9% 3-point shooting in 43 games with New York.