Adam Morrison Accepts Wizards' Training Camp Invitation
Morrison, 26, won back-to-back championships with the Los Angeles Lakers but never cracked the team's rotation, appearing in only 31 regular-season games this past season, as well as only two playoff games the previous two years combined. In fact, ever since Morrison played 78 games in 2006-07 as a rookie, he's appeared in just 83 games over the last three seasons, missing the entire 2007-08 campaign with a torn ACL.
After averaging 29.8 minutes and 11.8 points -- albeit with woefully inefficient (37.8 percent) shooting -- in his first season, he's never averaged greater than 13.7 minutes or 4.0 points. Needless to say, it's unlikely he'll ever match the expectations placed upon him when the Charlotte Bobcats drafted him third overall in 2006, ahead of fellow lottery picks Brandon Roy (No. 6) and Rudy Gay (No. 8), not to mention late-bloomer Rajon Rondo (No. 21).
That said, there's no reason he can't reinvent himself from a complete bust into a useful player. For the first time in years, Morrison has a chance to carve out steady playing time. As Lee notes, the Wizards currently have only 12 players with guaranteed contracts, meaning up to three roster spots are up for grabs in training camp. Morrison has never been very adept at creating his own shot -- and even less so after his knee injury -- but if he can find consistency with his once-acclaimed stroke as a spot-up shooter, he may be able to extend his career for several seasons.