Anthony Morrow

Report: Pelicans forward Anthony Morrow will opt out

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Anthony Morrow had a rough 2012-13 season. Splitting time with the Mavericks and Hawks, he averaged a career-low 4.0 points in just 41 games as he battled injury.

Obviously, that wasn’t the best time to become a free agent.

Morrow saw little market for his outside-shooting skills, so he signed a minimum-salary contract with the New Pelicans – and, based on injury-related conditions, even that wasn’t fully guaranteed.

That deal gave Morrow a chance to rehab his stock and try again for a more favorable contract this summer, and he’s going to use it.

Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype:

Pelicans swingman Anthony Morrow will opt out of his contract to become a free agent this summer, one source told HoopsHype.

First of all, kudos to Sierra for identifying that he had only one source. Sometimes, that same situation is written as “sources” when the pluralized form is inaccurate. Sierra is usually reliable, but his wording gives us more information to make an informed judgment about this report.

Anyway, I believe it, and I believe it’s smart for Morrow.

Morrow should fetch more than the $1,145,685 he could have made this season by opting in.

After making 37 percent of his 3-pointers the previous two seasons, Morrow shot 45 percent from beyond the arc this year. His scoring average more than doubled to 8.4 points per game, though that’s still the second-lowest mark of his career. Most importantly, he stayed healthy.

At 28, he probably is what he is – an elite outside shooter with limited skills for anything else. He has to be put in the right situations, but in them, he’s worth more than the minimum.

Report: Donatas Motiejunas no-shows physical after Rockets match Nets’ offer

Donatas Motiejunas, Kenneth Faried
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The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.

Case closed?

Hardly.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.

If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.

At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.

I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.

By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant team up for floor-is-lava alley-oop (video)

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Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.

Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.

Here’s another angle:

Dwight Powell obliterates Cody Zeller on alley-oop (video)

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Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.

There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.

At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.