Report: The Clippers And Knicks Agreed On A Marcus Morris Trade

The Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks were two teams that were on opposite ends of the spectrum heading into the trade deadline — the former had pieces to potentially move as buyers with an eye on a ring, the latter possessed a host of veterans who made them potential sellers. As it turns out, the two sides were able to come to terms on a deal with one another.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, L.A. and N.Y. were in the midst of “serious discussions” on a deal that would send Marcus Morris out west for a package that includes two youngsters, Mfiondu Kabengele and Terrence Mann.

Shortly after that, Shams reported the deal had indeed been agreed upon, but the specifics were not finalized.

Jovan Buha, also of The Athletic, initially put the pieces together in the deal, which would include the aforementioned two youngsters, Maurice Harkless’ contract, and a 2020 first-round draft pick. Charania, meanwhile, indicated that another team with reported interest in Morris, the Los Angeles Lakers, removed Kyle Kuzma from trade talks.

Morris, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is averaging a career-high 19.6 points per game for the Knicks while connecting on 43.9 percent of his triples. He should help a Clippers team that has championship aspirations, while New York receives a solid wing (and Queens native) in Harkless.

Conversations were ongoing and, in the end, the Wizards got involved to make it a three-team deal that saw Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Morris go to L.A., Harkless and a 2020 first to New York, and Jerome Robinson landing in Washington, per ESPN’s Woj.