Marcus Morris has agreed to re-sign with the LA Clippers.
The LA Clippers have re-signed one of their top free agents. Marcus Morris and the team agreed to a deal that will keep him in Los Angeles for four years. This deal nets Morris $64 million dollars. At the time of writing, the structure of the deal has not yet been reported.
Morris getting $16 million a year might seem high but as the third option for the Clippers, it’s not out of expectation and is lower than the maximum of $18 million per year the team could have offered using his early Bird rights. Morris being signed long-term also has to give him a sense of stability.
After the agreement was announced, Morris took to Twitter to announce he was ready to run it back.
For the Clippers, they can rest easy given that they traded their 2020 first round pick at the deadline last season to get Morris. At the time, the deal was seen as potentially risky given the fact that Morris was going to be a free agent but with the pandemic putting the season on hold and games being canceled, the deal started to look even more dangerous.
By bringing him back into the fold, the Clippers are getting a better return on their investment.
Morris was particularly helpful in the playoffs on both the defensive end and as a third option on offense. He was one of the more consistent players for the Clips in the bubble and overall, looked like the right fit for this team’s starting lineup. Speaking of, bringing him back means the Clippers (as of now) can trot out the same starting group, giving them consistency – something they reportedly lacked last season.
For the Clippers, Morris averaged 10.1 points on 42.5% shooting, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 19 regular season appearances. In the playoffs, he put up 11.8 points on 50.5% shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 13 games.