In response to guard Elliot Williams’ season-ending Achilles injury last week, the Portland Trail Blazers have invited former Gonzaga University standout Adam Morrison to training camp to compete for a roster spot this October.
The 6-foot-8, 205 pound Morrison, who the Charlotte Bobcats took with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, impressed scouts by averaging 20 points and five rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers summer league team in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“What (Morrison) did this summer (with the Clippers) was tremendous,” said Morrison’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. “I just think it’ll be a great opportunity for him. I don’t know that there’s ever been a guy who got less of an opportunity in the NBA who came out as highly drafted as Adam did. He had a really good rookie year, and then tore his ACL and really hasn’t had a chance to play since then.”
Morrison, a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden awards in 2006, made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 78 games in 2007.
The 28-year-old small forward, who was also employed by the Los Angeles Lakers and organizations in Serbia and Turkey, would play for the rebuilding Blazers at the league’s minimum salary.
“He was as good as anybody in Las Vegas — probably the best offensive player in Vegas. We’ve been looking around, trying to find the right opportunity,” said Bartelstein. “I just think it’s a great opportunity for him and I think it has a chance to be a terrific story.”
Morrison, a type 1 diabetic who last stepped on an NBA hardwood in April 2010, is one of the most celebrated prospects in recent memory.
With his porn mustache removed, it would “be a terrific story” if Adam Morrison can finally manage to bloom in the “Rose City” this winter.by