Anthony Morrow, eh? I have a friend who insists he has the most fundamentally sound shot-release in the NBA. We often debate this and I counter with Jamario Moon, mostly because I want to piss him off. Given the earlier report of the Raptors signing James Johnson, it’s hard to see where Morrow would get minutes. I asked RR resident salary cap expert and owner of the most gorgeous beard ever, Blake Murphy, what the Raptors could pay him and he said:

Last year Morrow made $1.03M with the Pelicans, so the Raptors could conceivably afford him. Glancing briefly at the shooting guard depth-chart we have DeMar DeRozan, and then Lou Williams. Hey, what? We only have two shooting guards and one of them really isn’t a shooting guard? Well, looks like we’ve found a slot for Morrow. He also happens to be a ridiculous three-point shooter, shooting a whopping 43% for his career and is coming off a season where shot 45%. That’s right, 45%. That’s like, more than what half the team shoots from two-point range.

So, before we dismiss this rumour as guff, I say this actually might make some sense on a cerebral level, especially if we, by some miracle of God, manage to off-load Landry Fields’ contract (I kid, he’s a nice guy). The Raptors also happen to have a bit of a hole at the backup C where we’re one Valanciunas injury from seeing Chuck Hayes haunt our nightmares on a regular basis, so this observer might suggest that that is more of a concern, as sexy as Morrow’s release may be.

  • jjdynomite

    Looks like Masai wants to create San Antonio north with crazy depth and no transcendent superstar (at least, not anymore, re: Duncan).

    Morrow is a solid shooter and then some but yesterday we signed another bench player who is also kinda good at shooting 3s and can play SG next to Lowry.

    It certainly will be interesting to see how the minutes get distributed, even with the current signed roster.

  • tweed8

    This is crazy. I don’t recall the last time I’ve heard the Raptors tied to this many rumours. I might be wrong, but if not, go Masai, go!

  • rapierraptor

    I want him. Not a lot of minutes available but adding an ELITE shooter who’s more athletic than Novak is super appealing. Won’t make a huge impact either way but at this point I’m greedy.

  • noname

    well if he can defend better than salmons, then great. But we have too many roster spots filled… if buycks is waived, the lineup looks like this:
    Lowry/Vasquez
    Demar/Lou
    Ross/JJ/Fields/Caboclo
    Ppat (I have already voiced how I want him to start)/Amir/Hans
    JV/Bebe/Hayes
    that’s 14 people, and 4 of them are 3s. So unless masai trades landry fields and waves buycks, this signing is not happening. Although, I believe a very good option would be to trade buycks’ miniscule contract to New Orleans for Ajinca because New Orleans needs to free up cap space to be able to take on Asik’s salary now that the cap has been announced. Then find a taker for fields and hayes and sign Morrow. The roster would look NICE and we would have cap space coming into the season just in case Masai gets any genius ideas.

    • http://peterd.mp Beagle17

      If Buycks is waived, there is a need for a fifth guard. Morrow sounds perfect. To address the backup center problem, I think Masai could trade Hansbrough for a decent center. Fields can then serve as the third-string PF as well as the third string SF behind Ross and JJ.

      • noname

        if morrow is signed without anyone getting traded, he will get no minutes whatsoever.

  • BraLLer

    Something is up. If morrow signs 100% expect fields gone.

    • BraLLer

      Wait. I take this back. But seriously don’t care for Landry fields.

  • Purple Headbands

    He seems like a good fit but I’d rather see a backup C. If JV goes down for a couple games Chuck Blaze can hold down the fort defensively but we loose any scoring down low (besides some freak runners late in the shot clock lol) I don’t think Bebe is ready for that role just yet. MU work your magic and snag a decent big man that can put a little pressure in the paint for 20 mins

  • Jordan Schrock

    I think it would be way better if we traded fields and signed carter lol #stillwishing

    • Grumpy guy

      Trade Fields to whom? good luck with that fantasy

      • Jordan Schrock

        let me dream bro

      • Plus

        Obviously you dont believe in Masai lol

  • Alex Bill

    Morrow is essentially the same thing as Novak, but cheaper. Don’t put on racially-tinged glasses; Morrow’s defence really is just as bad. Now, we have an opening for that type of player on the roster, but I agree that a backup C is a much more important priority.

    • Truth Teller

      Morrow is relentless though. Didn’t he get 50 pts in his rookie season? Morrow can basically pull up from anywhere (for better or worse), Novak is just a spot up guy.

  • Purple Headbands

    I don’t understand why anyone would think singing VC would be a good idea… Sure he might fit the roster but c’mon, one stupid play or a whiny face and he’s a villain. I love Vince, I have a singed poster and his North Carolina card but this is Ujiri’s roster, not some fan’s pipe dream. Sign the man to a 10 day deal when he retires. This is the new age Raptors. We The North, not We The Past. Put that ish to rest

    • StrikerAI

      Who said anything about the past? Past or not doesn’t matter. VC would be a good fit here, he is experienced, he can shoot, he’s a veteran, and he can hit big shots. He is perfect bench player to have, and he is the type of player that can help a lot in the Playoffs.

      • Steverino

        Vince Carter is done. He adds zip to any team.

        • BraLLer

          Vincent carter is better than Landry fields.

      • Purple Headbands

        You can’t say the name Vince Carter and not bring up memories of the past. Yes, as I said, he would be a great fit and bring a lot to this team, things we need. These benefits, however, would not out weigh the risk to chemistry and what we are trying to build.

        VC is in a unique situation. He is the most impact full player this franchise has ever seen. At the same time, he is the most controversial, resented player as well. (Although time has helped heal wounds for many fans) do you really believe we can just sign him up easy breazy like nothing ever happened? There’s much more to this than just filling a need on our roster. Like any bad break up, the chances of getting back together and making it work are slim to none. Can’t we just stay friends?

  • _cp_

    I really can’t see where morrow would get any run, we play 2 pg’s at times, Ross can play the 2 with JJ at the 3, you have Lou that can play the 1/2 and of course demar. We sorely do need a back up big (7 feet 230+) that could handle starting minutes should Jonas go down. The only thing Hayes is suited for is muscling JV around in practice and teaching him how to be tough, he has no place on an nba floor outside of mop up time. Really hayes hansbrough and fields should all be moved to clean up the rotation for Bruno bebe and mystery 7 foot back up centre

    • Pog Ma Thon

      I’m guessing that the interest in Morrow was as an option if GV didn’t sign. As a shooter, Ujiri would definitely want to check him out. But, now that we locked up GV, I suspect the interest is gone. I’d be satisfied to stick with the current roster. A back-up big would be nice, but you can usually trade for an Aaron Gray or Ajinca type player if the need arises. I’d rather keep the opportunity open for Bebe to get some minutes and decent practice time. I’d dump Buycks as I don’t see how he can really contribute to the team anymore. His contract is too small to have any trade value and getting rid of him gives us a bit more breathing room to trade either Fields’ or Hayes’ expiring contract as we get closer to the deadline.
      I think the Spurs model is going to become the next trend. Melo and Lebron are turning this year’s free agency into a total clown circus. There is no question that Lebron is a difference maker. But, Miami proved this year that one uber superstar still needs decent support. Meanwhile, Melo is a total joke in New York. We are a prize fighter that can get 10 shots to the body and still duck the haymaker. Lebron can solve a lot of problems for you, but he can’t do everything and the Spurs proved it. Building a team with a superstar with decent support is very challenging, especially when the high priced support starts to fail. Depth is the perfect counter. My take is you go after Lebron or Durrant if you can get them, but don’t wreck your roster to get anyone else.

  • Truth Teller

    NBA 2k9 he was a beast!!!

  • Purple Headbands

    You can’t say the name Vince Carter and not bring up memories of the past. Yes, as I said, he would be a great fit and bring a lot to this team, things we need. These benefits, however, would not out weigh the risk to chemistry and what we are trying to build.

    VC is in a unique situation. He is the most impact full player this franchise has ever seen. At the same time, he is the most controversial, resented player as well. (Although time has helped heal wounds for many fans) do you really believe we can just sign him up easy breazy like nothing ever happened? There’s much more to this than just filling a need on our roster. Like any bad break up, the chances of getting back together and making it work are slim to none. Can’t we just stay friends?

  • Minks77

    I think Don Masai Ujiri Corleone is stacking assets and will be hunting trades to balance out this roster.

  • Ted

    Morrow signed with Thunder

    • GoingBig

      Marc J. Spears@SpearsNBAYahoo
      Source: Anthony Morrow to sign a three-year, $10 million contract to sign with the Thunder
      https://t.co/egnMp2J2HX #NBA