Morris, despite the sudden trade, has no ill feelings towards his former team.
“Yeah, he called me at 6 o’clock in the morning. He could’ve at least let me sleep a little bit,” Morris said, according Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald. “You know if you get a call from Van Gundy at 6 in the morning, you know it’s something.”
“So when he called me, I was just hoping it wasn’t that, but it is what it is. It’s the NBA. I love the Celtics. I love the organization. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”
Morris also talked about the difference between playing in Detroit and Phoenix, where he played with the Suns prior to landing with the Pistons.
“A lot different. Stan, everything he told me was the truth. He was always straight up and down with me,” Morris said.
“We had conversations, we talked a lot, we had great conversations. In Phoenix, I mean you see the (expletive) going on out there. Nothing has changed. (But) I don’t really want to speak on that. Stan does a great job of just being himself all the time, so I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.
“I had a lot of love for Detroit, still do. I felt like that was a home for me. They got Avery (Bradley). He’s playing (great) basketball over there. I don’t fault him for any of that. I’ve got nothing but love about that entire organization.”
Nets, Knicks Targeting Kyrie Irving
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, there are already “credible rumblings” that the Knicks and Nets will pursue Irving, whose “intentions are not at all clear at this point”, should the All-Star guard hit the free agent market next July.
“There have been no firm indications from Irving or his camp that the All-Star guard is eyeing an exit from Boston next summer or that he’s angling to go to New York—as is often speculated,” Stein said.
Irving posted averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists during his first season with the Celtics.
Celtics, Marcus Smart Agree to 4-year, $52 Million Deal
Earlier this week, the Celtics and Smart were working toward a contract after Smart initially did not receive much contact from the team’s front office when free agency opened in early July.
Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals for Boston last season and was a key contributor to their success.
Celtics Considering Four-Year, Nearly $50 Million Deal for Marcus Smart
Smart has wanted to remain with the Celtics and sees his value being worth more than the $12-to-16 million annual valuation that he expected to command during his stint in free agency.
Boston has held firm on their 12 million per year range valuation of Smart.
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