Getty Marcus Morris and Gordon Hayward, then of the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics have just finished a very successful season that saw them reach their first NBA Finals since 2010. However, now that the season is over, all eyes must turn to the offseason in an attempt to find ways to improve the list.
Boston won’t have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, having divvied up theirs in the Derrick White trade at the deadline last season. However, they do have a trade exception worth just over $17 million that they could use to add a quality rotational piece.
One name that has been raised as a possible trade target is former Celtic Marcus Morris. This idea was proposed by Yossi Gozlan from HoopsHype.
“Some players who could go after their trade exceptions include…former Celtic Marcus Morris. The Celtics have all of their future first-round picks to offer going forward, and have shown a willingness to trade them when they traded one for Horford and one for White since Stevens took over,” Gozlan wrote.
Morris has spent the last two and a half seasons with the LA Clippers. Last year he averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 43.4% shooting from the field and 36.7% from 3-point range.
Despite his solid numbers, the Clippers are reportedly looking to trade him this summer.
The Clippers could trade Morris
On April 19, Andrew Greif of the LA Times reported that the Clippers will likely look to trade Morris this summer. As Kawhi Leonard prepares to make his return, the Clippers will have plenty of wings on the roster.
“With Leonard back and the possibility of Batum and Robert Covington returning as well, Morris could be seen as a valuable shotmaker but ultimately a high-cost redundancy among an excess of wings. The Clippers are expected to look at the Morris contract as a way to facilitate potential trades to enhance the roster,” Greif wrote.
Unfortunately for the Celtics, this could put them out of the race for Morris. If Boston did make a deal for the forward, it would likely involve picks. Since they have the TPE, they wouldn’t need to match salaries, meaning they probably wouldn’t be looking to trade any main players. So if the Clippers are just looking to trade Morris for upgrades, the Celtics might not be their ideal trade partner.
And on top of that, Morris’s relationship with the Celtics isn’t as good as it used to be.
Morris never got a call from the Celtics in 2019
After Morris entered free agency in 2019, he ended up signing with the New York Knicks, despite wanting to stay in Boston. And on top of that, Morris told the media that he never got a call from the Celtics.
“I didn’t get a phone call, I didn’t get anything from Boston, so it was very surprising… My two years there were special. I think I did a lot for the team. I thought it at least deserved a phone call, but it is what it is,” Morris said.
But now, there’s a new face at the helm of the show. Brad Stevens is in the front office and Danny Ainge is gone. Maybe Morris’s relationship with Stevens is still good enough that he wants to return to Beantown.