The Washington Wizards have cut both Adam Morrison and Sean Marks.
This move means that Morrison’s NBA career is likely all but over. The former Gonzaga star and #3 overall pick never came close to having anything resembling NBA success during his three years in the league. Morrison came out of college with a polished and dynamic scoring game, but he had neither the talent to score consistently in the NBA or the ability to adapt his game once it became clear he’d never be anything more than a role player.
Morrison was able to put up points during his rookie season, when the Bobcats allowed him to shoot the ball 12.1 times a game, but he never scored efficiently or contributed anything significant with his passing, rebounding, or defense. (When Morrison’s scoring totals put him in the rookie of the year conversation about a month or two into his rookie season, David Berri broke out the following gem: “the only talent Morrison has shown at the NBA level is the ability to heave the ball in the direction of the basket at a prolific rate.”)
Morrison was traded to the Lakers during his second year in the league, but never made it past “human victory cigar” status for the team. Now that he’s been cut by the Wizards, the chances of Morrison ever making an NBA roster appear slim.
Morrison’s career NBA averages are 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game on 37.3% shooting from the field. His career-high PER was 7.91 — 15 represents the league average for PER. It’s official — Michael Jordan drafted two of the biggest busts of the decade.
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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
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