Gregg Popovich: Marcus Morris situation handled ‘unprofessionally’

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The Spurs agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with Marcus Morris. San Antonio even traded Davis Bertans to the Wizards to make the cap mechanics work.

Then, Morris reneged to sign a one-year, $15 million contract with the Knicks.

The Spurs spreading word that they were pissed was one thing. San Antonio president-coach Gregg Popovich putting his name behind the indignation is another.

Jabari Young of The Athletic:

Popovich:

It was more than difficult to lose Davis. Let’s just say that that was an unfortunate situation that was handled unprofessionally on a couple of different levels. We made that move to make the signing that we did and got blindsided. Davis was a special player, as we all know. He was young and getting better and better. So, yeah, we hated losing him.

Did Morris reach out to explain himself to the Spurs, as he claimed?

Popovich:

Not really.

That’s a sharp response that directly contradicts Morris. There’s clearly resentment toward him.

I’m curious what Popovich means by different levels, though. The Knicks? Agent Rich Paul, who left Morris over the saga? Both? There are multiple ways blame could be spread.

The result for San Antonio is more straightforward. Not getting Morris and settling for Trey Lyles stinks. Losing Bertans stinks. Whatever happened with Morris, the Spurs got the raw end of it.