Spurs lose Marcus Morris to Knicks but sign Trey Lyles
The San Antonio Spurs may be losing Marcus Morris to the New York Knicks, but they have found a new use for the money instead.
Morris reached agreement with the Spurs on Saturday for a 2-year, $20 million contract with a player option for the second year. As of a few days later, he was said to be reconsidering the deal in order to potentially sign with the Knicks, who may have been offering more money.
On Thursday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Morris had reached agreement with the Knicks on a one-year, $15 million contract, which represents 75 percent of what he could have earned in two seasons with the Spurs.
Though San Antonio lost Morris, they are signing Trey Lyles to a two-year deal.
Sources: Free agent Trey Lyles is signing a two-year deal with the Spurs. San Antonio loses Marcus Morris after his week of talks with the Knicks, and signs another top free agent on the market.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 11, 2019
Lyles averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 64 contests with the Denver Nuggets last season. He shot just 41.8/25.5/69.8 percent last season, well below the numbers Morris put up in Boston. San Antonio is obviously hoping to see improvement from Lyles.