The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to sign free agent Trey Lyles after Marcus Morris pulled out of an agreed upon deal.
Lyles is a four-year veteran. He has played with the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, each for two years respectively. This past season Lyles averaged 8.5 points, 1.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds.
How will Lyles be used?
Lyles is listed as a power forward and has only played that position for his entire career. Standing at 6-foot-10, moving Lyles to the center position is a possibility but would require some growth in his game. In addition, he would need to add some weight so he would not be getting pushed around in the post.
On the current depth chart for the Spurs, there are five power forwards. So, if the Spurs decide to keep Lyles in the power forward position there is going to be a battle for minutes. But, if he were to be moved to the center position and play behind Jakob Poeltl there could be something there.
Lyles is still very young, he is only 23 years old and has a lot of time to develop his game. Under coach Popovich, Lyles could see his game expand. He could be used a lot more as a big man in a smaller rotation.
What happened with Morris?
Morris was slated to sign with the Spurs. The Spurs offered Morris a two year $20 million deal. On the other hand, the Knicks offered a one year $15 million deal.
So, Morris said that the Knicks offered him a deal that he said would be the best decision for him and his family. There are a lot of talks of shady business from the Knicks in the situation. In reality, this is not a great look for the Knicks as well as Morris. It really looks like he made this decision solely based on the money.
Certainly, this story will go down as one of the stranger things to happen during the offseason.