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Marcus Morris happy for chance at NBA title with Celtics

Ty Anderson
July 19, 2017 - 7:09 pm

Marcus Morris, acquired in the Avery Bradley to Detroit deal, wasted no time ingratiating himself with Celtics fans during his introductory conference call on Wednesday.

“This is the first time in my career I can actually say I have an opportunity to get to the Finals, an opportunity to compete for a championship,’’ Morris, who has bounced from the Rockets, Suns, and to the Pistons, and with just four playoff games to show for what has been a six-year, 416-game career to date, said.

“I think that fans in Boston are going to really enjoy what I bring to the game, and I think I fit right with these guys.’’

A small forward capable of playing some power forward if called upon, the 6-foot-9 Morris averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 79 games for the Pistons last season, and comes to Boston having averaged at least 10 points and four rebounds per night over the last three seasons. He’s also been considered one of the better one-on-one defensive matchups against LeBron James in recent years.

Morris, of course, could have harbored some ill feelings towards the Celtics given the fact that the C’s eliminated his twin brother (the Wizards’ Markieff Morris, with whom the C’s sparred in the second round), but he’s familiar with Isaiah Thomas from their time together in Phoenix, and actually has a connection of sorts to the Celtics of yesteryear.

“How could I be mad about going to the Celtics?” Morris, who admitted that he did not expect to be traded, asked. “Paul Pierce was my favorite player growing up.”

In fact, Morris said that he’s already reached out to Pierce. The Truth, who just the other day signed a contract to retire a Celtic, told the 27-year-old Morris that he was going to ‘love it’ in Boston, and Morris then asked if he could workout with him this summer. 

Which can only help Morris get to know what it means to play for his new team.