Despite spurning the Spurs, Marcus Morris says he respects San Antonio

Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris (13) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder's Jerami Grant (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Forward Marcus Morris was set to play next season with the San Antonio Spurs.

Reports surfaced he and the Spurs agreed to a deal for two seasons at $20 million total but in the end, that did not happen.

Morris would end up reconsidering his decision to sign with the Spurs and look to join the Knicks for a 1-year deal at a reported $15 million.

And despite reneging on the Spurs, Morris told The Athletic that he still holds the Spurs in high esteem with nothing but respect for the organization.

I had to make a decision based on the best situation for me and my family. This is no knock on the Spurs. I have respect for them.

The Spurs were all but certain Morris would be in San Antonio that the team moved Davis Bertans via a trade with the Wizards and restructured their deal with DeMarre Carroll to free up cap space.

The Spurs would ultimately pull their initial offer to Morris and agree to sign forward Trey Lyles.

Lyles last played with the Jazz and Nuggets. Last season, the 6-10 power forward posted 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 41 percent shooting in 64 games played for the Nuggets.