With the market for shooters rapidly developing, the New Orleans Pelicans have reached out to Anthony Morrow in an effort to bring one of the league’s best shooters back to New Orleans according to John Reid of NOLA.com.
Pelicans have reached out to unrestricted free agent Anthony Morrow, according to sources.
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) July 2, 2014
The move makes sense for both sides. Morrow played in 76 games for the Pelicans a year ago and averaged 8.4 points per game while shooting 45 percent from three. That spacing was incredibly valuable for a Pelicans team that finished 29th in the league in three pointers made per game last season and spacing will become even more important this year with the addition of Omer Asik who doesn’t possess the mid-range game that Jason Smith and Alexis Ajinca brought to the center position last season. For Morrow a multi-year deal could mean the first time in his career that he lasted at a stop for more than two seasons as for some reason he has fallen out of the plans of teams he has been a part of after two years in both New Jersey and Golden State early in his career.
According to Reid’s report a few other teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls, have already been in contact with Morrow and one, the Detroit Pistons, was previously after him. Now that the Pistons have signed Jodie Meeks though they are out of the running for Morrow’s services which bodes well for the Pelicans.
The Meeks contract (three years and $19.5 dollars) and today’s Ben Gordon signing (two years and $9 million) should set up for Meeks to earn a nice little payday as teams are clearly continuing the recent trend of valuing shooting and Morrow is one of the best shooters in the NBA today. Gordon and Meeks both have a bit more ability off the bounce than Morrow but at this moment Morrow is one of the better shooters left on the market and should start drawing more interest once the big names start to become unavailable.
While talking to Morrow the Pelicans are also still trying to find a way to make the Omer Asik trade work salary wise and according to Reid, Ryan Anderson still doesn’t seem to be an option to be moved at the moment.
New Orleans still need cap room to absorb center Omer Asik’s $8.3 million salary and the likely scenario to achieve it is possibly through a trade that could involve Austin Rivers, Eric Gordon or Alexis Ajinca.
Meanwhile, several teams continue to express interest in forward Ryan Anderson, but a league source confirms he is not being shopped by the Pelicans.
Obviously a lot is still to come in the Pelicans offseason but with reports on interest in Troy Daniels yesterday and Morrow today it seems the team is zoning in on cost efficient shooting at the moment while they try to make that salary clearing trade.