Adam Morrison Reportedly Signs with Portland Trail Blazers

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 17, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - JANUARY 12:  Forward Adam Morrison #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers on January 12, 2010 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly signed Adam Morrison, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Monday afternoon:

Blazers sign free agent guard Adam Morrison, his agent Mark Bartelstein said.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 18, 2012

 

Morrison, last seen in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009-2010, showed some game in Serbia and Turkey playing overseas, prompting the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers to take a look at him in Summer League.

He averaged 20.0 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field and 61 percent from three-point range in five Summer League games with the Clippers.

The Trail Blazers shot 34.6 percent from downtown last season, 13th in the NBA. They drafted point guard Damian Lillard, shooting guard Will Barton and center Meyers Leonard in this year's draft.

Portland is hoping to rebuild after a 28-38 campaign last season that saw the club finish second-to-last in the Northwest Division.

The Blazers are hoping Morrison has grown overseas. As the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, the former Gonzaga star was considered a major bust when he left for Serbia.

In his NBA career,  he's shot 37.3 percent from the floor and 33.1 percent from long range. Given three-point shooting was supposed to be his forte coming into the league, he's obviously disappointed.

Morrison showed progress overseas the last couple years. Whether that progress was legit or simply a product of playing against worse competition remains to be seen.

Assuming he makes the final roster, the Trail Blazers will likely use him off the bench and hope he catches fire from beyond the arc.

 

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