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“That’s the whole thing, being in the league for eight years, I’ve really never been on a contending team,” Morris said. “This year, I think we’re going to win it. All the other stuff that’s involved isn’t important now. Obviously I want to get paid, we all know that, coming off the [expletive] contract that I got, I definitely want to get paid. But at the same time, I won’t allow that to get bigger than the team because we have something special now. If I’m on a 25-win team then it could be something different. But I’m looking to help out the team in any way.”
This comes out of a bigger story on the Boston Celtics sense of urgency for many of these guys to build a champion now.
Marcus Morris is a prime example. This is his first chance to win a championship. He’s likely gone to another team next season and there’s no guarantee whichever team pays him what he wants will be any good.
So now is the time for him. Same goes for all the other players who might be gone. Terry Rozier and Daniel Theis are both restricted free agents next summer. Aron Baynes can opt out of his contract. Semi Ojeleye is on a non-guaranteed deal and the Celtics hold a team option on Guerschon Yabusele (the Celtics also have team options on Jaylen Brown & Jason Tatum. Those will certainly be picked up, but decisions on all three players need to be made by October 31).
These guys are going into this season knowing they could be gone by the end of it. The only way to really get the most out of it is to be the last team standing and rolling through Boston on duck boats in June.
Morris in particular has been a big question mark because he does want to get paid after that [expletive] contract (side note: That bullshit contract was something he and his brother Markieff negotiated and seemed fine with at the time). I have been one of many who have wondered what this season will be like for him if his role is dialed back. If he’s legitimately cool with whatever role necessary to win, then that will a major question answered.
The only thing out there that can’t be answered until it potentially happens is what does Morris do if he’s asked to fill a specific role and the Celtics lose?
He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win, but if that same “whatever it takes” ends up in a few losses, how will Morris react then?
We won’t know unless it happens. Hopefully, it won’t.
Related links: Globe: For Celtics, NBA Finals are a very realistic goal
On Page 2: Celtics waive Marcus Georges-Hunt… but…
This is a reminder that the Jabari Bird situation remains unresolved and is currently in the hands of the NBA.
Until the NBA makes its decision, the Celtics just have to treat Bird as an inactive member of the current roster. Once that situation is resolved, the Celtics can revisit Georges-Hunt for that slot.
Related links: NBCSN Boston: Report: Celtics waive Georges-Hunt, await NBA decision on Jabari Bird
Terry Rozier off the top rope…
The rest of the links:
Herald: Five key checkpoints for Celtics