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Adam Morrison not retiring, looking at European options


At one point Adam Morrison said this was it: He would make the Trail Blazers roster or he would retire.

He didn’t make it, he was one of the final roster cuts in Portland.

But he not retiring, his agent told Sportando.

Brad Ames of Priority Sports, which represents Morrison, told Sportando this week that the former No. 3 overall pick is indeed open to joining another team in Europe in hopes of jump-starting his career.

“We are looking for a good Euroleague or Eurocup situation for (Adam),” Ames said…

“(At this point), Adam is open to whatever is the best move for his career, but he belongs in the NBA and that’s his goal,” Ames said. “If we don’t have anything (from Europe) over the next few weeks, Adam will consider the D-League for call-up opportunities.”

Stunning, a player says he’s going to retire and doesn’t. We couldn’t possibly have seen that coming. (Re-read that last sentence in your best sarcastic voice for full effect.)

Last season Morrison played in Serbia and Turkey and played well enough — shooting 50 percent — that the Clippers invited him to be on their Summer League team, and there he averaged 20 points a game. Portland gave him a camp invite, but it was always a long shot.

But at 28, turns out Morrison is not yet ready to walk away from the game.

Adam Morrison waived by Portland, now may wave goodbye

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Adam Morrison made it to the last cut, but he was cut.

Friday the Portland Trail Blazers waived Morrison (along with Coby Karl and F Justin Holiday), reports CSNNW.com. Of that group, Karl impressed the most and he could get some 10-day call-ups with the Blazers if he doesn’t get snapped up by another team.

 “I want to thank the Blazers’ organization for giving me a chance,” Morrison told CSNNW.com. “I’m sorry things didn’t work out, but I wish them nothing but success. Right now, I’m just going to talk to my agent and see where to go from here.”

Morrison, the former No. 3 pick overall out of Gonzaga, has said if he didn’t make the Blazers roster he was going to retire from basketball.

Morrison got a shot because he looked good at Summer League, averaging 20 points a game and earning MVP chants from the fans the final night. But that is Summer League. When in with the regular Blazers he couldn’t separate himself from the guys with guaranteed contracts.

It’s too bad. Morrison worked hard and I was rooting for him to make the comeback, it was a nice story of redemption. But it was not to be, and he sounded ready to accept that. Whatever he does next I wish him the best.

Adam Morrison says he makes Blazers’ roster or retires

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Adam Morrison is back in an NBA training camp.

The former No. 3 pick earned it — after being out of the league a couple years he played well enough in Serbia last season to get an invite to NBA Summer League in Vegas, and once there he averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds a game. He played well and had the crowd giving him “M-V-P” chants on the final day. So the Portland Trail Blazers invited him to camp.

And this is it — he makes the team or he walks away from basketball, Morrison told Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.

“I’m going to finish school and start coaching (If he didn’t make the Trail Blazers roster)…I did the Europe thing and it just wasn’t for me,” Morrison told CSNNW.com. “Not saying the (Europe) culture or anything like that, (or) the people, it just wasn’t for me. So, yeah, if it doesn’t work out, I’m willing to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘I gave it a honest shot’ and turn the page. Do something else.”

He’s got an honest shot to make the Blazers roster. The team lost Elliot Williams for the season so they need depth on the wing.

Even back when he was a mocked-by-fans Laker bench warmer, players on that team said in practice he could still shoot the lights out. He worked hard and legitimately impressed guys on a team that won a title with his shooting touch. But when Phil Jackson put him in games his defense was a disaster. So Jackson didn’t put him in a lot of games.

It’s defense that will determine if he sticks in the NBA or becomes a coach somewhere.

“I think everybody is aware that he has a great ability to put the ball in the basket,” (Blazers head coach Terry) Stotts said after the team’s first training camp session. “He can make shots, he can create shots. That’s his strength. That’s his bread and butter and that’s the way he will prove himself. But at the same token, he has to do a little of everything: He’s got to defend, he has to fit within the team.”

Honestly, I’m rooting for the guy. I want him to make it back to the NBA, and contribute there. I wasn’t the only one at Summer League who felt that way, watching a once-maligned draft bust try to work his way back. He was a fan favorite, and if he makes the Blazers roster he will be a fan favorite there as well.