Anthony Morrow

Report: Pelicans forward Anthony Morrow will opt out


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.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.