Marcus Morris returns to Clippers on four-year, $64 million deal

Jack Baer
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After a half-season spent with the Los Angeles Clippers, Marcus Morris is sticking around.

The free agent power forward has agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with the Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Morris appeared to confirm the news with his own tweet.

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The Clippers acquired Morris at least season’s trade deadline in a three-team deal that cost them Moe Harkless, Jerome Robinson and a first-round pick. Morris immediately slotted in as the Clippers’ starting power forward and averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 19 regular-season games.

In the playoffs, Morris averaged 11.8 points and shot 47.5 percent from 3-point range to give the Clippers some much-needed perimeter shooting, but also instigated an altercation with Paul Millsap that was seen by some as a key point in the Clippers’ Western Conference finals collapse.

The Clippers did not want to lose Marcus Morris

Morris then hit the free market as an always-valuable 3-and-D player. The Clippers have already lost reigning Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell to their crosstown rivals and were apparently willing to pay up to ensure they didn’t lose another big man in their rotation.

The deal is a vindication for a controversial decision by Morris, reportedly reneging on a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs to sign a one-year deal with the New York Knicks and reenter free agency one year sooner.

The Clippers will now likely head into next season with their same starting lineup of Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Morris and Ivica Zubac. Per Clips Nation, that lineup outscored opponents by 23.5 points per 100 possessions last season, one of the best marks in the league.

The team has also traded for Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard in exchange for Landry Shamet. A move to shore up its frontcourt depth going forward will also likely be necessary after Harrell’s departure.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. before an NBA game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
Marcus Morris is still a Clipper. (Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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