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New York Knicks Summer Update: Marcus Morris Offer, RJ Barrett Bounces Back, Amar'e Stoudemire Comeback
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10 Jul 2019 12:59 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Forward Marcus Morris goes up for shot. (Image Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks might not be done signing free agents after all.

According to Yahoo! Sports they have offered forward Marcus Morris a one-year, $15 million deal. Morris had agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs but he is considering reneging on the agreement.

It’s a bit of a strange move in that Morris is 29-years old and not part of any potential rebuild. He’s an in-his-prime player who averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Boston Celtics last season.

The Knicks have also already signed three power forwards in free agency in Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson. Even if someone gets their minutes backing up Mitchell Robinson at center—likely Gibson or Portis—there is only so much playing time to go around.

Where are the Knicks getting the cap space to make such an offer?

When the club announced their free agent signings on Tuesday, shooting guard Reggie Bullock was left off a list that included the aforementioned bigs, along with guards Wayne Ellington and Elfrid Payton.

Apparently, there were concerns regarding Bullock’s physical and the two sides are “working towards a deal,” according to his agent David Bauman (per the New York Post).

Presumably the new deal would be worth less than the two-year, $21 million contract they had agreed upon.

Barrett Bounces Back

So, the Knicks aren’t going to win the Summer League after all.

Installed as the favorite to win it all, the summer Knicks lost their third-straight game on Wednesday night and are officially eliminated from the playoffs with one game remaining.

However, all was not lost.

After a rough “start” through two games, first-round pick RJ Barrett bounced back with a strong effort as he put up 17 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

“He had a great bounce-back,’’ Knicks summer league coach Jud Buechler said. “He looked much more comfortable out there, coming off the pick-and-roll well. I really liked the way he played. I’m very happy for him.’’

He also shot much better going 6-of-14 from the field, but still hasn’t discovered his stroke from beyond the arc (1-of-4).

That’s Amare

If not Marcus Morris, there’s another free agent power forward still on the market who would probably love to wear Orange & Blue.

Former New York All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire is attempting a comeback and the Knicks were among the 15 teams on hand to evaluate his workout.

Former Golden State Warriors backcourt mate of Steph Curry, Monta Ellis, also worked out in hopes of a return to the NBA.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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