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.”
Celtics Pick Up Options on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Guerschon Yabusele
Brown’s fourth-year option guarantees his $6,534,829 cap charge for next season, while Tatum will be locked in for a $7,830,000 cap hit for the 2019-2020 season, both moves considered to be no brainers given their development.
The decision on Yabusele, who hasn’t shown much of anything over 38 games since joining Boston, is a bit more of a surprise, but the Celtics see something in his to warrant their decision to keep him a part of their team moving forward.
Celtics’ Aron Baynes Ruled Out for Game Against Magic
The Boston Celtics will take the court for Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic without the services of center Aron Bynes, who has been officially ruled out due to a hamstring injury, the team officially announced.
Baynes suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the New York Knicks, a game that saw him get the start for the first time this season, but was only able to play in just 12 minutes of action before the second quarter injury.
Baynes plays in a reserve role behind Al Horford and has scored 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game thus far this season.
Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer
Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.
Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.
“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”
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