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.
Coby Karl has NBA talent, but he probably hasn’t played enough games in the big leagues to be considered an NBA player. That title is reserved for those who have had more than a weekend retreat on an NBA roster, and though Karl has technically been a part of 24 NBA contests, he’s never really had a team to call home. Each of his stints in the NBA have brought Karl instruction and experience, but they also seem to come with the understanding that he’s considered a stopgap player rather than a valued addition.
He’s there in case of injury, to serve as a practice body, and to help all of his teammates without a thought as to where his own career will take him. The roles Karl has been asked to fill are needed, but his various teams’ unwillingness to let him showcase his own skills are very much tied to his current status as an uncommitted, recently-waived free agent.
Karl was cut loose last week by the Denver Nuggets, who had signed him for last season’s coda. However, according to Karl’s agent, Dan Fegan, who spoke with FanHouse, Coby could potentially be back with Denver next season:
Dan Fegan, the agent for the son of Nuggets coach George Karl, said in
an interview with FanHouse on Sunday that Coby Karl will clear waivers
on Tuesday. His options then will be further assessed. “Coby has proven that he can contribute at the NBA level,” Fegan said
of the two-year NBA veteran. “He’s gotten better every year. And we’re
still in discussions with Denver regarding his situation. Just because
he’s gotten waived doesn’t mean that he won’t be part of the Nuggets.”
…Indications are that one option could be for Coby Karl, who had been in
line to have his $854,389 salary fully guaranteed for next season, to
re-sign with Denver on a contract that is partially guaranteed for next
season. He also could draw interest from another NBA team and playing
in Europe next season is another option.
I wouldn’t set any of this in stone based on a quote from Karl’s agent (who, like it or not, has every reason to pump up the rumored interest in his client), but the report does at least give some indication that the Nuggets could be interested in bringing Coby back on an unguaranteed deal. If nothing else, it’s worth a note as Karl continues to explore his options for next season.
The Nuggets reportedly made a couple of roster moves this weekend, one expected and one that is bad Karma, according to Chris Tommason at FanHouse.
The Nuggets have waived Coby Karl, the son of coach George Karl. Which was both expected and a little bit sad because the younger Karl has NBA game but his contract was about to go up to $854,389, the minimum for a player of his experience. It’s also sad because we wanted the first son to play for his father the coach in NBA history.
Waiving Brian Butch is something else entirely.
Butch is a 7’0″ center on a team that needs size, but that’s not why waiving him was a surprise. Butch injured himself playing for the Nuggets Summer League team in Vegas, it’s not customary to cut injured guys free.
The Nuggets should have to pay him in some form, and cover medical expenses, until he recovers in the first couple of months of next year. Otherwise, instant Karma is going to get them.
Both of these are all about money. Butch makes the minimum, but because the Nuggets are over the tax line waiving him saves $1.5 million (and $1.7 million is saved by waiving Karl).
Every Summer League we watch Coby Karl just make smart plays and knock down shots, then we wonder why he can’t stick on an NBA roster.
Well, the sad trend appears ready to continue.
If Karl is not waived by the Denver Nuggets by Sunday (before Aug. 15) his contract for next year becomes guaranteed at $854,389. The Nuggets are not likely to pay that for a guy who would struggle to get into an already deep rotation.
Maybe the best sign you’re going to be waived: You dad says he expects it to happen. And he’s the coach. That’s what Chris Tomasson is reporting at FanHouse.
Sources said Tuesday that Denver coach George Karl is expecting his son, Nuggets point guard Coby Karl, to be waived by a Sunday deadline in which his contract would become fully guaranteed for next season.
Karl declined to speak on the matter.
The Nuggets want to have a roster of 13, the league minimum, giving them flexibility to make a trade later. They realize if they want to knock the Lakers off their perch, they will need to make a trade of some kind. Plus, it might get Carmelo Anthony to sign that extension he is sitting on.
But that means either Karl or Brian Butch have to go. And it would be cold to cut Butch, who injured his knee at Summer League in July and is rehabbing now. Plus, Butch is a center and the Nuggets need more size. Plus Butch makes about $80,000 less than Karl.
We wanted to see Coby become the first player ever coached by his father in an NBA game. What we want more is him to end up on an NBA roster somewhere, like he deserves.
Watching the Nuggets play in the first round hasn’t really improved the spirits or health of George Karl. Doesn’t look like he’ll have to watch a lot more of it, though.
But the question now is, will he be back next year. His son Coby Karl told Yahoo that is still up in the air.
Coby Karl said his father has the passion to return next season, but it remains to be seen whether his health will allow it. “It’s going to be his choice,” Coby Karl said. “He’s still struggling with his voice. The only thing is his voice is still bothering him. He’s getting better every day. One of his first loves has always been basketball and doing it the right way.”
The Nuggets certainly hope he returns, how much his leadership — and yelling — is needed to get this headstrong group of players to fit together has become clear. Basketball fans should hope he returns, just because he’s good for the game.
But Karl needs to do what is right for Karl first and foremost. If that means a season off, so be it.