In response to guard Elliot Williams’ season-ending Achilles injury in late September, the Blazers invited the 28-year-old small forward to compete for a job.
Unfortunately for the 6-foot-8, 205 pound Morrison, who the Charlotte Bobcats took with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Portland already has 15 players under contract and the Ron Jeremy wannabe seems destined to get axed despite a willingness to perform for the rebuilding Blazers at the league’s minimum salary.
Morrison, a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden awards in 2006, impressed scouts by averaging 20 points and five rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers summer league team in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former Bulldog, who made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 78 games in 2007, last stepped on an NBA hardwood in April 2010.
It would have been intriguing to see if Morrison, a type 1 diabetic who was one of the most celebrated prospects in recent memory, could have finally bloomed in the “Rose City” this winter.
Although on the brink of again becoming unemployed, with his porn mustache removed, Adam Morrison deserves another opportunity to succeed as an NBA ballplayer and a needy organization would benefit from calling the gifted scorer.by