Adam Morrison: Will Draft Bust Retire After Being Cut by Trail Blazers?

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIOctober 26, 2012

Oct. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Adam Morrison (6) reacts on the court during the game against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

Adam Morrison said that he would retire if he did not make the Portland Trail Blazers roster. Well, Morrison was cut on Friday as the team trimmed down to its final 15-man squad.

The former No. 3 pick was released along with Coby Karl, Dallas Lauderdal, Delmonte Harper and Justin Holiday, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.

In five seasons in the NBA, Morrison unfortunately earned the “draft bust” title that will follow him forever whether he retires or coaches in some capacity.

He started just five games in those five seasons and could never seem to make a difference while seeing action to warrant any continued opportunities. For his career, Morrison averaged 7.9 PPG, 41% FG shooting and 2.1 RPG.

He seemed non-committal about his future in a statement to CSNNW.com.

I want to thank the Blazers' organization for giving me a chance. I'm sorry things didn't work out, but I wish them nothing but success. Right now, I'm just going to talk to my agent and see where to go from here.

That’s a change in his initial declaration that he would retire and give up his NBA dream and settle into a new role if he were not be cut by the Trail Blazers.

I’m going to finish school and start coaching (If he didn’t make the Trail Blazers roster)…I did the Europe thing and it just wasn’t for me. Not saying the (Europe) culture or anything like that, [or] the people, it just wasn’t for me. So, yeah, if it doesn’t work out, I’m willing to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘I gave it a honest shot’ and turn the page. Do something else.

Whatever Morrison ends up doing, it likely won’t be playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. Is there a team out there that has injuries and may be willing to give him a shot if he’s willing to wait it out a few weeks or months?

Possibly.

But all roads are leading to retirement for the disappointing five-year NBA veteran.