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Report: Anthony Morrow reaches deal to join Oklahoma City Thunder

Jul 12, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

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Oklahoma City was a middle of the road three point shooting team last season — 14th in the NBA in attempts from beyond the arc, 14th in three point shooting percentage.

They might improve that some next season now.

The Thunder are adding sharpshooter Anthony Morrow to the roster, reports the fantastic Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry.

This is a three-year, $10 million deal according to reports. That seems a fair price. There are conflicting reports but we’ve heard there is a team option on the final year.

This is a little bit of a surprise, Morrow had been courted by the Clippers, Heat, Wizards, Raptors, Suns but the Thunder were a late entry into the race.

If you’re going to stick around as an NBA role player you generally need one exceptional skill. Morrow shot 45.1 percent from three last season — he does that one thing very well. He will not bring the Thunder much else.

But he brings them one thing they could use off the bench. This is not the Thunder’s main target (Pau Gasol, who appears Chicago bound) but this a good pickup for the OKC rotation.

  1. antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    That is a good acquisition for them.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      All they’ve really done is replace Derek Fisher as a bench shooter with this move, and done nothing to address their huge big-man problems or to add the stretch 4 facilitator they need to free up Durant and Westbrook. Failing to get Gasol is going to hurt.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Well it’s not going to hurt that much. They’re going to be good regardless.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        They have no answer for the Spurs’ Boris Diaw lineup. That’s the one thing the Heat and Thunder needed to solve this off-season, and so far they’ve both failed miserably. With Diaw in the lineup, the Spurs had an insane differential of 125 to 91.9 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs.

      • robigd - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Anti doesn’t like it when facts get in the way. Be careful.

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        OKC was arguably the best team in the NBA until Ibaka went down…….With him playing hurt, OKC was the second best team.
        Morrow is a smart young man (28) who understands his limitations (a skill we all should have) and thus does get the most of his abilities on the courts O end. He does put in effort on D , but lacks the quickness to be a defender of consequence.

        Ibaka , Westbrooke and KD are all under 25 and all improving.
        Perkins is a reasonable D presence at 5 who runs like an accountant and looks like a the bouncer who told us all to go to the under 18 club with our friends ID. . . . and thus is a favorite to beat up on of the fans.
        That said he has no athletic ability and will be replaced as a starter by Adams, who is an up and coming player to be sure.

        Jackson, Lamb and (the extremely talented) Perry Jones are all players equally on the rise.

        1. OKC
        2. Spurs
        3. Chicago
        4. Clippers
        5. Cleveland

    • money2long - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Morrow is more than a bench shooter. Dude can light it up from time to time and look like a bonafide scorer. Something you couldn’t say of fisher. Ever.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Well – he won’t be a starter. So, he’s a bench scorer. Unless you’re going to tell me he’s also a top-of-the-line defender.

      • money2long - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        you don’t sound like a very intelligent basketball observer whatsoever with your snark comment . smart observers know to appreciate bench players because some do know how to contribute. your narrow minded thinking is telling you simply: bench=sucks.

  2. yesser12 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Finally got there shooter, when Russ and KD drive they have some one reliable to kick out too. The defense can’t leave him open.

    • robigd - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      You said RW drives and kicks out….you make joke….good one.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Russ dished out 8.1 assists per 36 min’s of court time this past season.

        His finishing at the rim was a bit above 61% the last couple of yrs 12 & 13.

        Kobe and D Wade finish at the rim around 66% so Russ needs to convert at a higher rate or kick it out a bit more.

        I think having a shooter like Morrow will help his finishing rate at the rim because the defense will have to respect Morrow and it will make it easier some of the times for him to finish.

        The trick will be for Russ to recognize when he should pass it out and when he should finish himself based on the situation.

  3. mungman69 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I saw Westbrook kick out once, remember?

    • yesser12 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Except he does kick out often. He is often setting up Ibaka for his shots.

      Honestly would you pass to Thabo? He missed shots when he was open and had a slow release. Thabo would pump fake and ruin the possession.

      Butler went cold late in the season.

      Lamb barely played and lost confidence.

      Fisher was hit or miss. He also played too many minutes and was tired.

      Can’t blame Russ for all that.

  4. seansull83 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I also saw Perkins run a play once to… Not sure where I was going with that but it’s still funny. Regardless RW and OKC need to realize RW isn’t a point guard. He’s a 2. If they get a true point guard the can unleash RW, and that would be scary.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Brooks won’t play him by the time the playoffs roll around. He and presti will find someone washed up to join the team mid-season. They love guys that are past their prime like derek fisher and caron butler. Oh and Kendrick Perkins of course

    • malnourishedfatguy - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      kendrick perkins had a prime?

  6. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Solid move OKC. Hopefully they actually use him. He’s been jerked around last couple years.

  7. 88heatnation - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    The NBA is filled with suprises, you never know what will happen next.

  8. rufneklac5 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Good move by the thunder. Although anyone who says RW is not a pg and is a 2 guard knows nothing about basketball. He is a ball dominate point guard. He is at his best with the ball in his hand. RW is an easy top 10 if not top 5 player in the league.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      OK all,

      let’s take our stabs at the top 10 in the game RIGHT NOW based on rufnecklac saying Russell is easy top 10 and maybe top 5

      1) LBJ 2nd in PER this past season
      2) KD 1st in PER
      3) Chris Paul 6th in PER
      4) Kevin Love 3rd in PER
      5) Blake Griffin 11th in PER
      6) Anthony Davis 4th in PER
      7) DeMarcus Cousins 5th in PER
      8) Russell Westbrook 8th in PER
      9) Steph Curry 10th in PER
      10) James Harden 14th in PER
      11) Melo 9th in PER

      Both Harden and Melo play no defense but it was Harden’s true shooting percentage of .618%, which is very high compared to Melo’s true shooting percentage of .561% that caused me to put Harden ahead of Melo.

      That is a big gap in TS%

      • chiadam - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        This list makes me sad and angry and then sad again. Then angry some more.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        chiadam

        so put YOUR list up here for us to see…

        maybe some of us want to cry and get angry too…

  9. patfic5 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Cheap Thunder won’t go a dime over the tax…..leaving rings on the table year in and year out.

  10. sportsnut101 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Are u sharpshooter if u go 2 for 6 in games
    Or 1 for 3

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