New York Knicks say goodbye to Marcus Morris at trade deadline

On February 6, about an hour before the 3 pm deadline, the New York Knicks announced they would be trading Marcus Morris to the LA Clippers.

With barely an hour left before the trade deadline, the New York Knicks announced the trade all were expecting. They sent Marcus Morris Sr., to the Los Angeles Clippers. With another season lost it was in the team’s interest to trade their best player for draft picks and hopefully another young player to add to their roster.

Originally it was said that the Lakers and Clippers were in an arms race for the New York Knicks small forward. New York was hoping to get Landry Shamet from the Clippers or Kyle Kuzma from the Lakers. Of course, it was not to be for the woebegone Knicks.

In a three-team trade between the Clippers, Washington Wizards and Knicks, the Knicks came away with the following:

  • Maurice Harkless, SF, 6-9, 26 years-old. Harkless was drafted by the Orlando Magic the 15th pick overall in the 2012 draft. In 50 games this season he’s averaging 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assist per game.
  • A Clippers 2020 first-round pick.
  • The right to swap 2021 first-round draft picks with the Clippers.
  • A second-round pick from Clippers via Detroit.
  • The right to Issuf Sanon (2018 2nd round pick, Wizards) who is now playing overseas.

Before the Knicks’ game against the Orlando Magic, Interim Coach Mike Miller was quoted by SNY as saying of Morris,

As you guys know, I’ve been singing his praises all along, from the very beginning. He helped us in such ways, not only the shot-making and the things he did on the floor, but what he did in the locker room and what he did on the practice court. He made an impact on our team, so now we can build off of that and continue to grow. I think the world of him and hope he’s in a position to have a chance to win a championship.

SNY also had these comments from Knicks rookie RJ Barrett:

It’s tough, especially to lose him. He was really great for us throughout the season. He won the last two games for us at the end. It was tough to see him go. I texted him and told him I appreciated him, but like I said, it’s a business and we’ve got to keep moving forward.

Aside from the draft, this has been a very busy week for the Knicks front office. On Tuesday, February 4, just two days ahead of the trade deadline, team owner James Dolan relieved Steve Mills of his duties as President of Basketball Operations.

It was reported on many outlets and social media, but not officially announced that Dolan would be bringing in renowned agent Leon Rose from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on board as the new president. Rose represents such notable players, as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, and Karl-Anthony Towns to name just a few.

Just hours later, the Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic 105-102 at the Garden.

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