Three days into free agency things unexpectedly continue to be quiet in regards to the Pelicans signing anyone but news is emerging that makes the return of shooting specialist Anthony Morrow less and less likely.
Name of one target Miami is trying to secure for LeBron has emerged: Sources say Heat making push for perimeter specialist Anthony Morrow
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2014
There was word yesterday that the Pelicans had reached out to Morrow about a return but with the Pelicans lacking in money to spend and a gaping hole at small forward it is hard to see New Orleans being able to offer much more money than Miami or Oklahoma City. In that situation it wouldn’t be hard to see Morrow leaving what could be a bit more playing time in New Orleans for shots at the title for the next few years with either the Thunder or the Heat who both are always looking to add perimeter shooters.
Of course even of the Pelicans don’t bring back Morrow that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will get nothing, as there is the chance for a sign and trade according to NOLA.com’s John Reid. The move would likely just be to help the Pelicans acquire a trade exception or some cap room to make the Omer Asik trade work without having to move Austin Rivers, Eric Gordon or Ryan Anderson though a somewhat protected second round pick isn’t completely out of the question.
I wouldn’t rule out a sign and trade possibility involving Anthony Morrow. Detroit no longer interested but the Heat and OKC are.
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) July 3, 2014
What all of this really seems to signify though is that the market for shooters is making things harder and harder for the Pelicans to realistically keep Morrow as they try to figure out the Asik trade and the small forward position. With Jodie Meeks and Ben Gordon already receiving contracts that seem like overpays it makes more sense for Morrow to get into discussions while the iron is hot and categorize on his one real NBA skill of shooting.
Meanwhile today the Pelicans lost another potential small forward target when Thabo Sefelosha agreed to sign with the Atlanta Hawks a day after C.J. Miles agreed to terms with the Indiana Pacers. The market for role players has been rapidly developing while the stars and other household names continue to wait on each other, so things could get interesting for the Pelicans as we continue to go forward and more players get signed.