This year’s NBA offseason has been one of the craziest in the league’s history. There’s a good chance it stands alone as the single craziest. Kevin Durant partnered up with Kyrie Irving, Utah is a contender in a loaded Western Conference and Oklahoma City’s two best players requested trades to play with other superstars.
For all the insanity that’s gone on, the weirdest offseason could belong to a former Celtics player. Not Irving, he got what he wanted. Terry Rozier got paid and has his chance to prove he can be a legitimate starter in the league.
Believe it or not, it’s Marcus Morris, who recently agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks. Prior to his deal with New York, Morris agreed to play the next two seasons in San Antonio to the tune of $20 million.
Apparently, the Spurs weren’t the first team to make Morris a respectable offer. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Morris turned down a $41 million deal from the Clippers. Bondy did not specify the length of the Clippers’ offer.
Seems like he got some pretty bad advice. If this is, in fact, true, it helps explain Morris’ recent separation from his agent, Rich Paul. Bondy originally reported Morris fired Paul, but later clarified it was a mutual separation.
Oklahoma City Thunder backup center Nerlens Noel also ended his relationship with Paul on Saturday, but will remain with Klutch Sports. Noel had himself an odd offseason, as well. After he didn’t pick up his 2019-20 option to remain with the Thunder, the big man agreed to return to Oklahoma City on the first night of the Free Agency Moratorium, then asked for time to rethink his commitment only hours later. Less than 24 hours after the fiasco, Noel re-committed to the Thunder.