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Adam Morrison accepts invitation to Wizards training camp

Turnabout is fair play. Nearly a month after the Charlotte Bobcats decided to take a chance on Kwame Brown, a failed high lottery pick whom Michael Jordan drafted in Washington, the Wizards are doing the same with another Jordan lottery pick who flamed out with the Bobcats.


Yeah, I'm coming to D.C. (Getty Images)

Adam Morrison, whom Jordan selected with the third pick in 2006, has accepted a training camp invitation on a make-good contract with the Wizards, according to two league sources.

Morrison is hoping to work his way back into relevance after being an afterthought on the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Morrison's career hasn't been the same since suffering a season-ending knee injury before his second season in Charlotte. He has career averages of 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds, but has played just 83 games the past three seasons with the Bobcats and Lakers.

He has won two championships with the Lakers, but in an interview last July, Morrison expressed a desire to get back on the court. He was unable to crack the rotation in Los Angeles, where Trevor Ariza and then Ron Artest held down the small forward position, with Luke Walton serving as the primary backup.

Morrison worked out for several teams in Las Vegas, including the Wizards, and an individual workout with Coach Flip Saunders. "I haven't played basically in two years, so I'm just looking for a place to get some quality minutes and try to get back in that rhythm again," Morrison said in Las Vegas.

Morrison worked out for the Boston Celtics last week, but selected the Wizards because he hopes to find that rhythm in Saunders's offense, according to a league source. The same source said Morrison worked out at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

The Wizards have just 12 players under contract and president Ernie Grunfeld has mentioned that two or three roster spots could be available in training camp. The training camp roster has yet to be completed, but Morrison, big man Sean Marks, Cartier Martin, Lester Hudson, Mardy Collins and Kevin Palmer have all accepted invitations. Second-round pick Hamady Ndiaye will also participate after taking the Wizards' non-guaranteed tender.

Training camp begins on Sept. 28.

By Michael Lee  | September 21, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
 
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Comments

BOOOO! Nick Young is better than Morrison.

Posted by: djnnnou | September 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Oy. We'd had a nice little break between acquiring lottery reclamation projects, so I was hoping EG and Flip had gotten it out of their systems. C'mon Cartier Martin!

Posted by: ts35 | September 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: djnnnou | September 21, 2010 4:14 PM"

Lol. I was just about to write, "Let the booing begin".

Inviting him to camp can't hurt. If he plays better than what we already have, he represents an upgrade.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | September 21, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Nice invites for training camp. Adam Morrison is like a poor man's Larry Bird. He a great scorer, shooter and scores well despite astounding athleticsm or quickness. He proved that in college. Now he has to prove that in the NBA. I hope he gets an opportunity now, to showcase what he can do at the NBA level. He's got 2 rings and will bring some of the championship swagger to DC. Hopefully he makes the team and hopefully he can win another ring with him being a major factor in it.

Posted by: michaelwarren1 | September 21, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

for some reason i like this. it doesn't make sense, and holmes will probably be avg to below avg; but morrison can fill it up and i dunno if we have any real shooters outside of Gil and maybe Cartier.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | September 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

There should be some pretty heated battles in camp for those last few roster spots. The increased competition can only help I would think. If everybody was locked into a spot that might lead to complacency on a young team.

Posted by: akmed0 | September 21, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

lil,

If it comes down to a choice between Martin and Morrison (and it very well might), who would you rather have?

Posted by: ts35 | September 21, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

never understand why Morrison gets called a great scorer or a great shooter...he hasnt been in college for years now and it's pretty clear how his game translated to the nba. It didnt.

Posted by: divi3 | September 21, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

further negativity below:


here's a guy who has been refusing to workout for teams if any other players were on the floor. Shooting drills only. Sounds like quite the competitor!

Posted by: divi3 | September 21, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Nice invites for training camp. Adam Morrison is like a poor man's Larry Bird."

Adam Morrison is like a schizophrenic, destitute, homeless man's drunken, drug-induced hallucination of Larry Bird, triggered while being doused with gasoline and set on fire by vicious, sociopathic teenagers.

That said . . . inviting Morrison to camp sounds fine to me. What have the Wiz got to lose?

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 21, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"If it comes down to a choice between Martin and Morrison (and it very well might), who would you rather have?"

Whichever one performs better. At this point, there' not much reason to think that won't be Martin (esp. if Flip is putting a premium on effort and defense).

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

never understand why Morrison gets called a great scorer or a great shooter...he hasnt been in college for years now and it's pretty clear how his game translated to the nba. It didnt.

Posted by: divi3 | September 21, 2010 4:39 PM

I don't think it's quite that clear. Yes, he appeared to be somewhat lost during his rookie season, but that's not really a shock with rookies. In the 3 seasons since then, he's battled injuries and hasn't played as many as 45 games in any one of them. I think it's a safe bet that he'll never be the kind of player that'll make his #3 draft position look like anything other than sheer idiocy on MJ's part, but I don't know that he can unilaterally be declared "career over" quite yet. (Although, if he fails to catch on somewhere and prove something this season, then he'll probably be at that point.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 21, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Oops. My bad:

He played in 53 games his second year: 44 with Charlotte (45 in Charlotte and 8 in L.A.). But that was his first season back from a serious knee injury, so even when he was on the floor, he was likely still not close to 100%.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 21, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

yeah...but he took 211 shots his 3rd year in the league and went for 36%. 92 threes at 33%

That's downright atrocious, even before considering he's supposed to be considered a sharpshooting scorer that doesnt defend well.

guess it doesnt hurt to have any given player at camp...just not sure what EG is hoping to see with this invite. That he's suddenly draining everything?

Posted by: divi3 | September 21, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

His 3rd year in the league came off of missing all of what would have been his second year recovering from major knee surgery. To say that he probably didn't have his legs under him would likely be an understatement. He's basically had one healthy season as a rotation player, and that was as a rookie.

Would I be surprised if he ended up a total bust? Not one bit. He certainly appears headed down that path. But I just don't think he's had enough healthy floor time for that determination to be made, definitively.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 21, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Some of these signings and trades just don't seem to live up to the whole "tougher, more physical" profile Ernie laid out for upcoming season.

Singleton fit the bill, but wasn't wanted.
Hinrich is a tough guy.
But does Morrison even acknowledge there's a defensive end of the court?
What about Yi? or Armstrong?

I'll have to wait and see if Seraphin and Booker will be effective physical players at this level. I mean the "Poet" was a physical player but there aren't many fans waxing nostalgic about his time in DC.

Posted by: bozomoeman | September 21, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know anything about his work ethic? That's all I care about right now. If he works hard, the bare minimum is that he makes other guys at camp work harder, too.

I don't expect anything to come from this, but no reason not to give a shot to 26 yo former lottery pick (if MJ hadn't gone with the 3, he would have still been picked in the top 7 or so) who claims to want to work his way onto a roster where he can play.

But really, i am just happy not be reading Larry and Kevin talk about Hayworthless anymore.

Posted by: Blurred | September 21, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

That said . . . inviting Morrison to camp sounds fine to me. What have the Wiz got to lose?

Posted by: kalo_rama

The opportunity to see someone else in camp :)

Posted by: ts35 | September 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that Morrison isn't playing in Europe. Over the course of his career he hasn't even demonstrated the ability to be a rotation player in the NBA. He's demonstrated that he can be a so-so shooter based on NBA pressure, but a so-so shooter doesn't really cut it if the other parts of the game -- rebounding, defending, etc -- are subpar.

No risk in inviting him to camp, but I'd be a little surprised if he made the cut. Not sure exactly what his role would be -- even on a team like the Wizards.

I'm sure he'll be motivated nevertheless.

Posted by: JPRS | September 21, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Flip will do as he always does; LEAD & win. I hope he plays the young core to help develope them.

Posted by: Gooddad | September 21, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Not sure about the first sentence, Gooddad, but agree 100% on the second.

While it would be nice to see a stack of wins, this season is ALL ABOUT developing Wall & McGee, rehabbing Gil or cutting him loose and bringing Blatche around to be a leader. Everything else is just seeing who will be around when the Wizards core starts racking up playoff wins in a couple years.

Posted by: Blurred | September 21, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Poor man's Larry Bird?

More like a dead man's Larry Bird. Guys like him that thrive in college despite a lack of athleticism dont often make it in the pros. Bird was the rare exception because he was a legit 6'9" with a great jumper and range. He was also a good athlete despite what ppl said. he couldnt jump high but quickness (not speed) and strength are athletic attributes that are more important than leaping ability. He had both.
Adam Morrison has neither apparently but it's a decent gamble.

Posted by: original_mark | September 21, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

another NBA wannabe.... how nice.
In Grunfeld We Trust... NOT.

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | September 21, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Sadly he could actually be defensive upgrade.

Posted by: Dancy1 | September 21, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, JJ Redick has turned out to be a respectable NBA player, so maybe there's hope for Adam, too.

But I'm not betting on it.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 21, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing about Bird and Magic, neither of them could jump, at least by NBA standards. They used their skills very effectively, however, and Magic took advantage of his size.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 21, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Just glancing at the Wiz roster, who shoots the 3 pointer well?

You've got Nick at around 40%, Hinrich at 37%+, Yi at 36.6%, Thornton at 35.5%, Arenas at not quite 34.8... then there are some real weak sisters like Josh Howard (26.7%).

Posted by: Samson151 | September 21, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Didn't he go to Gonzaga? Over rated like the rest. He had a nice college game, playing in a system WITH all the limited physical skills he had. Now like so many others, an injury has robbed him of what little physical talent he had and he can no longer compete, get his shot off, or have clean looks at the basket that he needs to hit a jump shot. he nees to go back to school or use the degree he got while he was there and manage the World Championship bonus money has been stealing the last few years......

Posted by: dbrine1261 | September 21, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It's just hard to see where Morrison can do anything better or even as well as several guys we already have on the roster. Of course, it's just a camp invite, but as ts35 said technically it's at someone else's expense. Like maybe a 7'2" DLeaguer!

Posted by: divi3 | September 21, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

hey kalo thats the best laugh i had the whole day thanx!!!!

Posted by: bru4bon42z | September 21, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I went out to see the wiz in las vegas this summer and lester hudson was excellent on the defensive side of the ball and had a deadly jumper,if wall and lavale were the best two,he was a hair behind them,he's a player and i hope they keep him.

Posted by: bru4bon42z | September 21, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Adam Morrison moves like a movie zombie but slower.

Posted by: nativedc | September 21, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

From insidehoops.com

A wanna-be Larry Bird, and that's not a bad thing. Morrison's a scorer and shooter, with limited strength and not a lot of athletic ability (but athletic enough to score and win). Intense deterimination and drive. Plays real basketball, getting free, cutting, spacing the floor correctly and being involved. Can hit a wide variety of shots, not just jumpers. Creates for himself, or creates for a teammate and then moves to the proper place. An old-school throwback type of gutty player. His NBA position is small forward, or shooting guard.

Posted by: spoooooooon | September 22, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if anyone's ever got cut for having a bad haicut? Most people have bad hair days, Morrison's had a decade...

Tell you the truth I haven't seen him on the floor since he joined the Lakers, so I have no judgement on his game. Except that it hasn't been good enough to make it out of his suit for most of the past two seasons.

On the other hand the Lakers kept him around, so Phil Jackson must of saw something to like. With two playmakers like Wall and Arenas on the floor somebody is going to get some open looks if they have the shooting range to stretch the defense.

Not every knock down shooter needs to have the quickness to create his own shot. Guys like Steve Kerr made a career out of watching their team's playmakers and anticipating where the open spot on the floor would be. If Morrison is a smart enough player to adapt his game from being the main man to a complementry player he could still carve out a role for himself in this league.

What we don't know much about is Morrison's work ethic the last two years. If he's been working hard and honing his game he could be a good pickup. If he's been collecting his check and hanging out, he'll be gone after camp.

Not that it has anything to do with anything, but isn't Morrison Diabetic?
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | September 22, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I like Morrison and I think on the right team with talent like Wall, Arenas and blatche he can get some good open looks and be a real asset. I hope he makes the team.

Posted by: lemekdivine | September 22, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

The biggest issue with Morrison at this point is probably confidence. He may or may not lack the actual skill/ability to succeed in the NBA, but won't matter if his confidence has been shattered by his rocky road so far.

Say what you will about Duke players being smug, arrogant SOBs (which they are), but that very trait likely played a huge part in JJ Reddick persevering through his early career struggles and emerging as a solid NBA player.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 22, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Real shame we missed out on drafting Adam Morrison

Posted by: divi3 | August 25, 2010 4:38 PM


EG isn't really a big "draft GM" (his record speaks for itself). He's more of a sit-back-and-wait-a-few-seasons-while injuries/obscurity/reality-set-in GM, then he'll devote an entire summer trying to stack ex-lottery picks. At least Marriott Armstrong is a 7' bum. Maybe EG was impressed by Morrison's rings?

Posted by: prescrunk | September 22, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Say what you will about Duke players being smug, arrogant SOBs (which they are), but that very trait likely played a huge part in JJ Reddick persevering through his early career struggles and emerging as a solid NBA player.

Posted by: kalo_rama

No doubt his confidence helped, but a few other things played in Redick's favor. 1) Lower expectations. Redick was still a lottery pick, but he was a later lottery pick. Certainly he wasn't expected to be the caliber of player Morrison was expected to be. 2) Relative success early on. Despite his initial struggles to compete athletically, Redick's stroke was still good from deep. 3) Plays into #1, but Redick fell into a better situation where he wasn't expected to be a major contributor, and his skills meshed with the stars that were already on the team.

To survive in the NBA, players usually need to demonstrate at least one NBA-caliber skill off the bat. Rebounding, defense, 3pt shooting, something. Morrison has yet to demonstrate that. He still has time to do it, for sure, but I'm not encouraged by what I've seen so far.

He has a long way to go to being a "poor man's Larry Bird". He's not even a poor man's Mike Miller or Kyle Korver yet. The one thing in his favor now, is that people like me aren't expected much from him, so any positive signs of a pulse will be better received than when he was first drafted.

Posted by: ts35 | September 22, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"No doubt his confidence helped, but a few other things played in Redick's favor."

I never said that it was his confidence alone, so that "but" should really be an "and" as nothing you said actually runs counter anything I said or lessens the impact of his innate confidence.

"Redick was still a lottery pick, but he was a later lottery pick. Certainly he wasn't expected to be the caliber of player Morrison was expected to be."

That's debatable, at best. Both were considered to be among the best players in college coming into the draft, both were lottery picks, both were expected to succeed in the NBA based on their shooting ability. Their relative draft positions likely had limited impact on expectations because, even at the time of the draft, the general consensus was that Morrison was taken too high (and some thought Reddick was taken too low). I doubt anyone (other than maybe Michael Jordan) was seriously expecting Morrison be a franchise player, but both were expected to be solid, impactful NBA players.

"Relative success early on. Despite his initial struggles to compete athletically, Redick's stroke was still good from deep."

Also debatable. He shot a good percentage his rookie year (39% on 3s vs. Morrison's 34%) but he also played limited minutes and was DNPed for almost half the season. Moreover, the big question mark for Redick coming in wasn't whether he could hit deep shots (he regularly hit from NBA 3 pt range and beyond in college) it was whether he could create and/or get shots off quickly against NBA defenders, and play NBA quality defense. He struggled with both things his rookie year, which is why he rode the pine.

"Redick fell into a better situation where he wasn't expected to be a major contributor, and his skills meshed with the stars that were already on the team."

Also debatable. Certainly Redick wasn't expected to be the face of the franchise, but given that the Magic had no real entrenched presence at SG and needed long-range shooting to open the floor for Howard, it's certainly reasonable to think that they wanted him to contribute right away. But SVG decided he wasn't ready, so he sat. But given the situation, I don't see much to suggest he was drafted with the specific idea that he'd be brought along slowly. That's just how things worked out.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 22, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I never said that it was his confidence alone, so that "but" should really be an "and" as nothing you said actually runs counter anything I said or lessens the impact of his innate confidence.

Not everything's an argument. I wasn't debating your point, just adding my own opinion to it. So if you feel better with an "and" in there, consider it done.

That's debatable, at best. Both were considered to be among the best players in college coming into the draft, both were lottery picks, both were expected to succeed in the NBA based on their shooting ability.

C'mon, seriously? More is expected of a #3 pick than a #11 pick. Who has higher expectations on them? Al Horford or Acie Law? OJ Mayo or Jarryd Bayless? James Harden or Terrence Williams? Derrick Favors or Cole Aldrich? And if nothing else, being picked #3 means that there are a few more talented players picked behind you that you will always be compared to in the "Why didn't MJ take that guy instead?" debate. With Brandon Roy from '06 immediately being the most obvious standout, even after year 1.

Also debatable. He shot a good percentage his rookie year (39% on 3s vs. Morrison's 34%) but he also played limited minutes and was DNPed for almost half the season. Moreover, the big question mark for Redick coming in wasn't whether he could hit deep shots

That's why I said relative success. Redick's primary calling card, and the one that everyone expected to translate to the NBA, his deep shooting ability, did in fact translate. Whereas with Morrison, it didn't. There are a host of reasons for it, not the least of which is Redick playing for a more talented team, and likely getting better looks, but at the end of the day, the team could look at Redick and say "Well, at least we know he can shoot it at this level." Assuming it will be the case coming out of school is never the same as actually proving it on the court.

"Redick fell into a better situation where he wasn't expected to be a major contributor, and his skills meshed with the stars that were already on the team."

Also debatable.

Not really. Morrison went to a 26 win team where the only players 'ahead' of him in terms of perception were Gerald Wallace and maybe Emeka Okafor. Wallace is very good/great, Okafor is solid. Not quite the same as joining the Magic with an emerging superstar in Howard, solid, productive vets in Hedo and Grant Hill, and a promising young player in Nelson.

They needed Redick to contribute for sure, and I'm sure they hoped for a big contribution, but they didn't need him to be a *major* contributor as much as the Bobcats needed Morrison to be. And Redick was able to contribute in the area they needed most.

Both teams improved their records, but the Magic were able to jump into the playoffs, meaning any critique of Redick's play was lessened by the overall success of the team.

Posted by: ts35 | September 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Can't play. Too slow, can't get off his own shot and not athletic enough.

He's like a minor league baseball player who hits .300 everywhere but can't deal with major league pitching.

Can't hurt to see if he's, somehow, gotten better.

Posted by: SteveMG | September 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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