The Thunder has agreed to terms with free agent guard Anthony Morrow, a sharpshooting guard who should bolster the team’s depth on the wing.
The deal is worth up to $10 million over three years, but the Thunder has a history of maintaining flexibility on the back end of contracts, making it likely that Morrow’s final year is non-guaranteed.
Morrow, 28, fills a pressing need for the Thunder with his shooting ability. He’s a career 42.8 percent shooter from 3-point range and connected on 45.1 percent from that distance in 76 games last season with New Orleans.
Morrow also has played with Dallas, Atlanta, New Jersey and Golden State.
In his six NBA seasons, Morrow has never shot less than 37.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. His consistency throughout his career ultimately is what made him so attractive to the Thunder.
Morrow also has enjoyed incredible success as a shooter despite having never played with talents such as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. With those two garnering the bulk of attention from defenses, Morrow could have more open looks than he’s ever had in his career.
Newest Thunder player Anthony Morrow shot 45.1% from 3 last year, 4th best in the league behind only Korver, Pablo Prigioni, and Mike Miller— Thunder Stats & Info (@ThunderStats) July 12, 2014
Oklahoma City has become an improved 3-point shooting team over the last two seasons but, at 36.1 percent, still ranked 14th out of the league’s 30 teams. The loss of Derek Fisher, who moved on to coach New York, and the expected loss of free agent forward Caron Butler, who shot 44.1 percent from 3-point range in 22 games with the Thunder, could have been a blow to the team’s improvement.
Morrow has appeared in 373 NBA games, 129 as a starter. He’s started just 10 games over the past two seasons, which suggests he likely will come off the bench with the Thunder.
At 6-foot-5, Morrow has ideal size and length for his position, but while he’s an elite shooter he’s an average defender at best.
Morrow also doesn’t provide much as a playmaker. He holds career averages of 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and one assist.
But as the Thunder continues to look to surround its core players with complementary pieces, Morrow will step in as arguably the best pure shooter Oklahoma City has ever had.