Marcus Morris will miss his fifth straight game Tuesday against the Bucks with a neck injury, but the veteran may have plenty of time in a Knicks’ uniform to make up for it despite the Feb. 6 trade deadline approaching.
According to an NBA source, some members of the front office are leaning toward holding onto Morris at the deadline — unless they get back a star-type player in a large package.
The source said a minor Morris deal that would net a late first-round pick and force them to take on a non-expiring contract is not an attractive option at this juncture. The Knicks prefer not to diminish their 2020 or 2021 cap space in any deal.
With Morris making $15 million this season, a third team would likely be needed to make the math work. The source said several playoff teams have interest in Morris.
Earlier in the season, the Knicks carried a different thought process. If they fell out of the playoff race by the deadline, they were prepared to net a first-rounder for Morris or a prospect and a second-round pick.