In July, free agent striker Marcus Morris entered into a verbal agreement with the San Antonio Spurs to sign with the New York Knicks.
After completing the deal with the Knicks, Morris The Athletic explained that he had a good relationship with the Spurs and kept them posted when he made his decision.
"I have a good relationship with these guys and have great respect for (head coach) Pop (Gregg Popovich), (general) manager) RC (Buford) and (assistant GM) Brian Wright," said Morris The Athletic. "The first thing I did when I knew I was going in another direction, I called and made sure they knew it."
Popovich is not pleased
We did not hear anything about the decision from Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Until Monday.
His account paints a less friendly picture of the deal, which caused his team to engage in roster moves. The Spurs had ordered promising young striker Davis Bertrans to open the mid-level exception to make room for Morris under the cap.
Popovich made it clear that he was not happy to bring this sacrifice during the media day in San Antonio for nothing.
"It was more than difficult to lose Davis," said Popovich. "Let's just say that was an unfortunate situation that was handled unprofessionally at various levels – we took this step to make the signature that we made and became blind."
Bertrans, a 26- year-old 6-10-year-old striker, played 21.5 minutes per game in San Antonio last year, scoring an average of 8 points and 3.5 rebounds scoring 42.9 percent from 3-point distance .He was a reliable shooter which Popovich could rely on from the bank.
"Davis, as we all know, was a special player, and he was young and getting better," Popovich said, "well, yes, we hated it
When Morris withdrew, the Spurs instead concluded a deal with former Denver Nuggets attacker, Trey Lyles.
Morris gives little information about the situation
which Morris had an opportunity to the problem on Mon tackle again during the Knicks Media Day. In terms of clarity, he did not bid much.
Marcus Morris says his free agency did not go the way he planned, and he agreed early on. He introduced "unknown" problems. He was committed to the Spurs, but then signed with the Knicks. He wanted to be closer to Philly, his hometown. pic.twitter.com/H72YRC0ERW
– Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 30, 2019
"My free agency did not go as planned," Morris said. "Many details have emerged from many unknown situations. I committed myself very early. "
He explained that the Knicks" embrace people like me "because he was thinking about joining New York – not exactly a crystal-clear account of what prompted his decisions.
Morris and his agent Rich Paul broke up after the ordeal, but it is not clear what caused the couple to go their separate ways.
It is clear that the Spurs felt confused. And rightly so.
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