We've collected some of our end-of-year content as we start 2020. A version of this story originally published on Dec. 11, 2019.
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It's safe to say that, outside of RJ Barrett, no Knicks player will be off limits as teams discuss potential trades over the next two months.
Earlier this month, New York was looking at several different players who may be available in an attempt to improve its roster.
But the club also could start to move some of the veterans they've signed to short-term deals.
With that in mind, we talked to three teams about how they value Marcus Morris, who signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks over the summer after reneging on his agreement with the Spurs.
The consensus among those teams -- not all contenders -- was that Morris could return a first-round pick, depending on the following factors:
Does the team have championship aspirations and believe Morris helps push them toward that goal? Does the team see value at the back end of the first round of the draft? If not, the club would be willing to give up a first-round pick for Morris.
"Teams love his leadership and he's been shooting incredibly well," a representative for one Eastern Conference team said. "You can easily see them getting a late first-round pick for him if that team feels Marcus pushes them over the top."
Former head coach David Fizdale was effusive in his praise of Morris' leadership. He used to text Fizdale nightly asking how he could help the team the next day. Morris is well-liked in the Knick locker room and called a players' only meeting before practice hours before Fizdale was fired to talk about holding each other accountable and sharing the ball.
So the Knicks value Morris both on and off the court. But Morris isn't under contract for next season, so New York risks losing him for nothing if it keeps him beyond the deadline and don't re-sign him this summer.