Before the NBA trade deadline passed on Thursday, the Knicks completed a three-team trade that sent veteran F Marcus Morris to the Clippers. Morris has easily been the Knicks' best player this season, and after signing a one-year deal this past offseason, a playoff contender was aggressive in trying to land him.
But, while Morris will travel out west to fight for an NBA title now, his time in New York may not be done forever. Unless the Clippers figure something out before the end of the season, Morris is still set to be a free agent this summer.
So could a reunion with the Knicks be in play?
According to SNY's Ian Begley, the Knicks and Morris had mutual interest in signing another deal this upcoming free agency period. Before team president Steve Mills was fired, the Knicks were taking calls on Morris, but teams were left with the impression that the team really liked him and had to be blown away to get a deal done.
Obviously things changed when Mills was relieved off his duties on Tuesday. A deal, though, can still be reached between Morris and New York this summer if that interest remains the same. But there's a catch.
The Knicks were swift in replacing Mills, as Begley reported the team is close to an agreement with CAA basketball co-head Leon Rose to take over as president. Rose is a very accomplished agent that has repped high-profile NBA players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson in the past as well as current players in Karl-Anthony Towns, Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Joel Embiid to name a few.
With a new front office vision, which might also include Rose's long-time friend William "World Wide Wes" Wesley, the interest in Morris could be changing because it is unclear what this next regime thinks of him.
Morris certainly left a good impression on those in the organization at the moment, though, with his 19.6 points per game to go along with his hard-nosed mentality on the court. Not backing down from any opponent, despite losing at a higher rate than he wants, Morris was a veteran leader in the Knicks' locker room and someone that won't be easy to replace.