With the New York Knicks rumored to have interest in Marcus Morris, he makes for an intriguing fit on a team without many players.
In May, NBC Sports’ A. Sherrod Blakely reported the New York Knicks as a suitor for Marcus Morris, who will hit free agency after two seasons with the Boston Celtics. Terry Rozier, a restricted free agent, was mentioned as another option.
On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania confirmed the Morris tie with the Knicks. While they have the cap space to sign the veteran forward, the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls are all expected to vye for him.
New York is an intriguing fit for Morris, however, even on a team that struggled mightily in 2018-19. It will have a different look, which he can become part of, and add to a team in need of fresh faces.
What gives the Knicks reason to sign the 29 year old, though? Let’s take a look:
3. Veteran forward to help the younger players
The New York Knicks may not have a player above age 25 once free agency starts. Their current core is the 19-year-old Kevin Knox and the 21-year-old Mitchell Robinson. Others around this mark include Allonzo Trier and Dennis Smith Jr.
The draft will obviously bring more young pieces to the Knicks, making veteran acquisitions necessary to complement these players, especially if the goal is the postseason in 2020.
Marcus Morris is just one piece towards that, fitting that necessary veteran presence. They need more than just him, but this is a start.
Morris has played in the NBA since 2011, and he will turn age 30 in September. That experience over eight seasons and four teams, with his two Boston years the most notable, can help a team devoid of that, containing rookies and sophomores.
While Morris has not made an NBA Finals, his Celtics were on the brink in 2018. He was part of the 2019 to win a postseason series, too, although that team played below expectations due to other circumstances.
Morris is not just a veteran to stick on the bench, either. He posted 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 2018-19 and has at least 13.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in each of the past four seasons, most of which came in a starting role.