According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Clippers are finalizing a deal to acquire forward Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks:

The Athletic’s Jovan Buha, minutes earlier, reported that the package being discussed featured Moe Harkless, Mfiondu Kabengele, Terance Mann, and the Clippers’ 2020 1st round draft pick. It’s a hefty haul of assets for Morris, but ultimately it is two rookies who have failed to contribute in their first year and a very-late first round pick.

Morris, a career 36.9% three-point shooter, is making a career-best 43.9% of his shots from beyond the arc this year, good for 5th in the NBA. The 30-year-old would replace Harkless as the team’s starting power forward, providing less defensive ability and utility but adding another shooter and offensive weapon around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

He also gives the Clippers another player who can create offense for himself–although he won’t do much to improve their ball movement or create good looks for others. Morris has a reputation for settling for a high volume of relatively inefficient mid-range pull-up shots.

Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.

17 Comments

  • Avatar osamu says:

    My big worry for Morris is everyone wants to point out his 43% from 3. Basically he shot 56% from 3 in November. Take that month out, and he’s shooing 38% from 3 the remainder of the season. 38% is solid, but basically the same as Mo, albeit on a lot more attempts.

    I’m just not sure I want him taking shots away from Kawhi/PG/Shamet.

    • Avatar ChrisD says:

      38% is not basically Mo, he is ten times better on offense than Mo. Don’t worry.

      • Avatar osamu says:

        I’m worried about a Wilson Chandler-esque dropoff I guess. Hard to adjust to a new team sometimes. Chandler shot 39% from 3 for Philly before heading to the Clips last season.

      • Avatar Chris Son says:

        agreed. he is definitely not Mo. Mo barely takes 1 a game, and even that 1 he sometimes takes, he is usually hesitant. Morris takes up to 6 a game. hitting 38% with more attempts is not the same. i just worry about his ball stopping

  • Avatar daclipshow32 says:

    I feel like he fits better coming off the bench/spot starter for Kawhi/PG than he does as a starter, although if he comes exclusively off the bench for the most part I’m not sure what our starting rotation is when Kawhi/PG are both playing. Either way, love the move purely for depth reasons.

    • Avatar daclipshow32 says:

      Amending my previous comment, we obviously didn’t make this trade for MM to come off the bench (d’oh).

    • Avatar osamu says:

      I think I agree with coming off the bench, because I still think Shamet with the starters and Kawhi playing the 4 is their best lineup. But do I think Doc will do this? No I don’t.

      JMG has also been looking solid off the bench recently, but they could throw a big lineup out there with the bench, Lou, MM, JMG, and Trez

      • Avatar ChrisD says:

        I’d love him off the bench in favor or Shamet starting, but Kawhi nor PG want to play PF, and Morris is a great fit for the Harkless role. And according to Ramona it looks like we are not keeping IT on the team. So we’ll have 2 open roster spots for buyouts or Collison.

        • Avatar clipperchuck says:

          In the regular season we should have Morris start unless its a huge lineup like the Lakers. With Lou and Trez on the bench (and Shamet and McGruder) the bench would need JMG to at least play some D.

        • Avatar sebastian jacobs says:

          Agreed. Shamet is way better utilized with the starters. MM seems like he could feast as a large minute bench guy. I suppose some of it depends on his emotional makeup if he can handle any role that Doc throws his way.

  • Avatar osamu says:

    or this “agreed to in principal” is all a huge scheme to keep him off the Lakers. Clips don’t file paperwork in time, and we just stand pat

  • Avatar yo mama says:

    gonna miss maurice josé harkless :/ does he get a ring if we win the chip?

  • FunGuyRob FunGuyRob says:

    fff

  • Avatar SacToLAC says:

    Upgrade. A starting PF for a bench player that still had promise but hasn’t produced amd a late firdt rounder who may never make the swuad for a ready to produce product. Nice!

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