NBA trade rumours: Lakers, Knicks among teams expected to pursue Marcus Morris

The Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, Clippers and Kings are all expected to pursue Morris in free agency, according to a report from The Athletic.

Marcus Morris averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds for Boston Celtics last season.   -  (Getty Images)

Marcus Morris appears like he’ll have multiple options this summer.

The Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, Clippers and Kings are all expected to pursue the 29-year-old forward in free agency, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Morris is also “open minded” about potentially returning to the Celtics, the report says.

Morris averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range last season for Boston. He was traded from the Pistons to the Celtics in July, 2017.

'Enjoyed my time'

“Obviously I love being here in Boston," Morris said last month, via MassLive.com. "I’ve enjoyed it a lot and hopefully I stay here. It’s a great organisation, nothing but great for me being able to play on that stage. I’ve enjoyed my time.”

The Celtics entered the season as the favourites to win the East. But, they finished with a 49-33 record and fell to the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals. “I felt as though we owed Boston to be better,” Morris said.

“They stayed with us through this tough year, and I just felt like we owed them to be better. Me personally, I prepared like no other last year to have a good season to help my team. For us to not be able to make that step, I think that’s what hurts the most.”

Morris has also played for the Suns and Rockets over his eight-year career. The Lakers and Knicks, meanwhile, are both reportedly planning to try to add superstars this offseason. New York has been linked to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who has also become “more open” to signing with Los Angeles, according to an earlier report from ESPN.

The Kings are "prioritizing a center in the free-agent marketplace,” according to The Athletic.