Monday, July 12, 2010

Nets Work Out Sign-and-Trade to Land Anthony Morrow

The New Jersey Nets worked out a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors to acquire Anthony Morrow. Morrow agreed to a 3-year, $12 million deal.

The Breakdown
The Nets continue picking up small pieces after failing to land a marquee player via free agency. Morrow is one of the best 3 point shooters in the league and he's also one of the most accurate free throw shooters around. To put it bluntly, he's just an all-around deadly shooter. Morrow is very intriguing because the Nets aren't set at SG. Courtney Lee, acquired last year in the Vince Carter trade, was a bit of a disappointment. I would not be surprised if Morrow was signed to take over the starting SG spot. If Morrow can secure a starting role, which I think is very likely, he could blow up next year. He dropped some huge games in Golden State, but was never able to play consistently enough to string a lot of big games together. For example, he first blew up in 2008 by dropping 37 and 25 points in back-to-back games, only to be benched 3 games later. In Jersey, I doubt his playing time will be so erratic. Still, remember Morrow will not give you anything other than 3s and points. He's certainly worth a pick in the latter stages of the draft if he's secured the starting role during training camp. If the starting role is still up in the air close to draft time, I'd take a chance on him with one of my late picks.

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