Farewell, Anthony Morrow

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Published: July 12, 2014
Anthony Morrow plays defense against the Sacramento Kings.

Anthony Morrow will be moving on from New Orleans, as he has agreed to terms with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Morrow spent only one year in New Orleans, but his effort, enthusiasm, locker room presence, and lethal shooting will be sorely missed. The exact details of Morrow’s signing have yet to be released, but it appears that he will be signing with the Thunder for multiple years.

 

Update on terms:

 

Morrow was a valuable role player and a positive influence on the younger Pelicans. Though his playing time fluctuated, Morrow’s effort was consistently present, and he was certainly never afraid to take big shots. We will miss you, Anthony Morrow.  

 

22 comments
dschmid4
dschmid4

live like there's no to Morrow

shooting, can Dell get us some more cheap spacing?

Hard to beat the price per square foot on space Morrow generated for us last year.


It will be interesting to see this plays out for the Thunder.  Will Morrow start? If not who? 

Reggie Jackson? - would leave them with a pretty small back court that our guards should be able to work

on in the post.   Still their offense should improve. Would have been scary if the thunder had picked up Pau also.

Happy to see Pau heading East. Can we get Love over there too??

Anybody out east with enough cap space to steal Bledsoe away from Arizona with an overpay?


ijustwanttowin
ijustwanttowin

It's unfortunate to see him go. We need shooters and let one get away. It's obvious that Dell and Monty are not on the same page, which hinders the moves we make in free agency. Defense along will not win championships. This is painful as a season ticket holder. Win and I am in 2015 or lose and this will be my last year renewing. This is regardless of a coaching or GM change.

lsutigers33
lsutigers33

He wasn't thank good, nit sure why everyone was goo goo over him.

Larry Lemoine
Larry Lemoine

This is tough. Morrow was a good guy who came to play every night when his name was called. Pelicans have a lot of remaining guards but they all need the ball in their hands to be effective. Morrow was the exception who could space the floor. Pelicans have one remaining consistent 3 point shooter who's coming off back surgery. Dell has limited money and options but he needs to find a wing who can defend and shoot behind the stripe.

LaNative
LaNative

Really disappointing but understandable.  Thanks Anthony Morrow for all of the excitement you brought to the Pelicans and for your love and appreciation for our team and city.  Wishing you the best in OKC (unless it's against the Pels of course). 

504ever
504ever

This is where having the Full Room Exemption would have really helped.  That is a very reasonable contract for Morrow and all signs say he liked the Pelicans and they liked him.  He was gone once we traded Gee into cap space, which was my main concern yesterday after the Gee trade was announced.  To me it was Rivers versus Morrow and more Dollars to spend. I think I would have chosen Morrow.

berlinhornets
berlinhornets

Thats a pity! I would have loved to keep him. His departure doesnt help the cap situation, does it?

PelicanSaints
PelicanSaints

Hate to see him go. But can we benefit in any way from his departure cap wise ?

adfly
adfly

It was the passion he played with made us love him

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes moderator

@504ever Guys like morrow are clearly available via the MLE-or-lower. Gotta get the high dollar guys while you can. Once you are hopelessly over the cap, that's it. Choices . . . sucky choices. 

Pelican Poster
Pelican Poster

@504ever Based upon the present I would agree...on future potential hard to say but I like to think investing in the Rivers will pay off long term?  At the very least he's got Morrow on the defensive side already per what I've read here.

504ever
504ever

@Jason Calmes @504ever

My argument isn't Asik versus Morrow, it's Morrow versus Rivers.  We had to get Asik, but I believe we could have traded Rivers (& Babbitt, Withey, etc. as necessary) to get the Full MLE and Bi-Annual.  Then we would have kept Morrow and possibly resigned Babbitt, Withey, etc after the trade.  Outside of our Core 4 and untradable Gordon, I value Morrow more than any 3 of the others.  The odds of replacing the others was very high (see Aaron Gray).  The odds of replacing Morrow are very low.

504ever
504ever

@Pelican Poster @504ever

Morrow is an elite shooter who provided very good leadership.  There is no may we will get that for the Room MLE this year.

Rivers is potential.  You can get that anywhere.

Pelican Poster
Pelican Poster

I loved Morrow too, especially his fire, which I think was sorely lacking on this team! Hopefully that is supplanted by our newest destined backups R Smith and P Young. Rivers has a little fire in him too.

I felt Rivers youth, work ethic, and defense are plusses, but it was the progression seen from year one to two that was most encouraging. I did not feel as worried when he was on the court in year two than I was in year one, and I'm expecting even better this year. We shall see.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes moderator

@Pelican Poster @Jason Calmes @PelicanSaints Nope. Not realistically. The exceptions we have did not allow it, nor did his prior salary, which limited his non-bird exception. He would have had to take a pay cut per year and a shorter deal.