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.