According to multiple reports, an offer by the San Antonio Spurs to free-agent forward Marcus Morris has been pulled, leaving the eight-year veteran to sign a one-year, $15-million deal with the New York Knicks. The Spurs will reportedly opt instead for fourth-year forward Trey Lyles, who spent the last two years with the Denver Nuggets after originally being drafted No. 12 overall by the Utah Jazz in 2012.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news, with Shams Charania of The Athletic following through with additional detail.
Spurs have pulled offer to Marcus Morris and agreed to a deal with free agent Trey Lyles, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 11, 2019
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 11, 2019
Charania reported that Morris hopes for a clean break with San Antonio:
Forward Marcus Morris tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium on reopening his free agency and signing with the Knicks on a one-year, $15M deal: “I had to make this decision based on the best situation for me and my family. This is no knock on the Spurs. I have respect for them.”
Summer Standouts, Championship Game | NBA.com
A look at top performers from the Summer League Tournament Finals, on Day 11 of the action in Las Vegas and Day 14 of the overall competition:
Brandon Clarke, Championship Game MVP
After being awarded the overall Summer League MVP earlier Monday, No. 21 overall pick Clarke capped a breakout performance with a Championship Game MVP, posting 15 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 24 minutes. Playing as a smallball center, the 6-foot-7 Clarke dominated yet again on both ends, and looks to be a steal after coming over in a draft night trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After arriving from Utah in the trade that shipped Mike Conley Jr. to the Jazz, the 2018 No. 21 overall pick has continued to get under opponents’ skin — notably earning a double-flagrant ejection earlier in the week — and put up a team-high 17 points (6-13 FGs) and five assists.
Famously described as “two years away from being two years away” upon being drafted in 2014, Cabocolo caught on last season with the Grizzlies toward the end of last season and built on the performance throughout his time in Vegas. Still only 23, the 6-foot-9 Cabocolo dropped 15 points (3-8 3Ps), four rebounds and two blocks against Minnesota.
The second-year guard spent much of last season with the Memphis Hustle before earning late-season run with the senior squad. On Monday, Hannahs again showed off a sharp shooting touch, knocking down 3-of-4 shots from deep while scoring 15 points off the bench.
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A sparkplug scorer for the Timberwolves throughout their Tournament run, Martin keyed a Minnesota comeback with a 16-point second half. He finished with a game-high 19 points and five rebounds off the bench, shooting 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 6-of-14 overall.
Barry Brown Jr.
Undrafted after four years at Kansas State, the 6-foot-3 guard performed well off the bench, finishing with a stunning,. game-high plus-20 mark in just 21 minutes. He finished with 12 points (5-7 FGs), three rebounds and an assist.
Bates-Diop, drafted No. 48 overall in 2018, proved a consistent performer for the Timberwolves in Las Vegas, and hit several clutch shots along the way. Monday night, his fourth-quarter 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run that brought Minnesota within a point 24.8 seconds from the finish.
Game Recap: Grizzlies 95, Timberwolves 92
Zak Hanshew, RotoWire
LAS VEGAS — Brandon Clarke totaled 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Monday night.
Memphis jumped out to a hot start behind five early three-pointers to take a 31-19 lead after the first quarter and a 56-40 halftime advantage. Minnesota stormed back with a 30-point third quarter to chip away at the lead and keep the game close all the way to the final buzzer.
Down 93-83 with just under two minutes to play, Minnesota put together a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 93-92 before a pair of clutch free throws from Keenan Evans with 10.4 seconds to play gave the Grizzlies a three-point advantage they would not relinquish. The Timberwolves had a shot to tie the game late, but they missed a three-point attempt with just seconds left on the clock and failed to inbound the ball cleanly as time expired.
Clarke, a first-round pick out of Gonzaga, led all players in rebounding and finished his summer league campaign as MVP of both the Las Vegas Summer League and the championship game. Bruno Caboclo and Dusty Hannahs scored 15 points apiece, with Hannahs chipping in three triples for Memphis (6-1). Tyler Harvey finished with 12 points, while Evans added eight points and eight assists.
Kelan Martin paced Minnesota (6-1) with a game-high 19 points off the bench, including 16 in the second half. Jordan Murphy added 14 points and eight rebounds, Mitchell Creek finished with 13 points, Barry Brown Jr totaled 12 and Keita Bates-Diop finished with 10, as five Timberwolves scored in double figures. Undrafted rookie and summer league standout Naz Reid went for eight points on 3-of-13 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and two assists.
Grizzlies’ Clarke headlines 2019 Summer League team
MVP Brandon Clarke of the Memphis Grizzlies headlines this year’s 2019 Summer League team, which was announced Monday by the NBA.
Clarke averaged 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in five appearances heading into Monday’s title game with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Other standout performers on this year’s team include Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (16.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg), New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (24.3 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.8 spg) and New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (13.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.4 bpg).
— NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019
— NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019
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