Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow said OKC was too hard to pass up

Morrow might just be the best pure shooter the Thunder has ever had. He’s shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range for his career and connected on 45.1 percent from that distance last season in New Orleans.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 16, 2014


photo - New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow celebrates after a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Pelicans won 98-96. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow celebrates after a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Pelicans won 98-96. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Anthony Morrow could have joined any number of teams.

Shooters of his ilk draw a ton of interest, and Morrow reportedly was coveted by 12 clubs when free agency opened on July 1.

“It was a lot of teams,” Morrow said. “(Too many) teams to even name.”

He ultimately chose the Oklahoma City Thunder, inking his name Wednesday on a contract that could pay him up to $10 million over three seasons.

After five stops in his first six NBA seasons, Morrow now views OKC as a place he simply couldn’t pass up.

“I just saw an opportunity for myself in Oklahoma City, a void that could be filled,” Morrow said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman.

But there was more.

“I needed them,” Morrow added. “Everybody’s been telling me that the team needs me. I’m like, ‘I need them more than they need me. I’ve never been in the playoffs, so it’s just a situation where I’m glad to be able to step in.”

And the Thunder is happy to have him.

Morrow might just be the best pure shooter the Thunder has ever had. He’s shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range for his career and connected on 45.1 percent from that distance last season in New Orleans.

Oklahoma City ranked 14th among the league’s 30 teams in 3-point shooting last season at 36.1 percent and lost two of its top three bombers after the departures of Derek Fisher and Caron Butler.

Morrow is now expected to join Jeremy Lamb in helping the Thunder make up the difference.

“Anthony Morrow has demonstrated that he is amongst the most consistent and efficient 3-point shooters in the NBA over his career, and we are pleased to welcome him to Oklahoma City and the Thunder organization,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “With his body of work, we feel Anthony is a unique addition to a diverse roster, while also possessing the toughness and selflessness that we are consistently seeking in Thunder players.”

Spend just a few minutes chatting with Morrow and it becomes clear that he is humble and happy, yet still hungry for more. He talked about the Thunder’s star trio of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka and how enticing OKC was made by their presence. He talked about wanting to fit in with them and filling a role, whether starting or coming off the bench.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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