LA Clippers have kept one of their top priorities for free agents.
Free agent Marcus Morris has agreed to a four-year, $ 64 million deal to return to the Clippers, a source with ESPN’s Adrian Voynarovsky said.
The deal came when Montrell Harrel, the sixth man of the year, left the Clippers to agree to a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Free agent Patrick Patterson is also returning to the Clippers with a one-year deal, Excel Sports Management agent Sam Goldfeder told Voynarovsky.
Morris played in just 19 games of the regular season and 13 games after the season for the Clippers, who failed to reach their goal for the title, taking a 3-1 lead and losing in the second round to Denver. But Morris started every game he played and became a key factor, scoring ambiguously in nine playoff games.
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The Clippers defeated other teams that competed for Maurice in the deadline of last season, trading Maurice Harkles with the New York Knicks, along with a first-round pick in 2020, a protected first-round swap option in 2021 and a choice for the second round of 2021 from Detroit. They also sent guard Jerome Robinson to Washington as part of a three-team deal for Morris.
Morris was a top priority when joining the free agency, but in Harel’s absence, the Clippers really needed Maurice’s flexibility to play center and protect big and small players up front. Morris also wears his much-needed brand physical shape, although he sometimes goes along the line, such as when he sparked controversy during the first round against Dallas. He stepped on Luka Doncic’s left ankle during Game 5 and denied attempting to injure Doncic, who made an exception while playing with a sprained ankle. Morris was also sent off in Game 6 after committing a foul on Doncic. The veteran again denied trying to hurt Doncic.
Maurice, 31, has played for six teams and had a career in the Knicks before trading with the Clippers. He averaged 19.6 career points and 43.9% 3-point shooting in 43 games against New York.