If I were the Bobcats, I'd trade Adam Morrison if at all possible. Our excellent Bobcats' beat writer, Rick Bonnell, points out in this story that the reason the Bobcats picked up Morrison's option today might be to make him more attractive for a possible trade.
Morrison (left) is only 24, and he's just a couple of years out from being the No.3 overall pick in the NBA draft (Michael Jordan was the point man in that draft for Charlotte). I really thought Morrison be a better NBA player, but his defensive deficiencies hurt him. I don't think he'll be more than a 15-minute-a-game player in Charlotte for Larry Brown.
Morrison doesn't score nearly as easily as he did in college at Gonzaga, and so unless he's really on fire from outside, he's just not going to be out there on the floor for very long because of the defensive issues. He's a reserve on one of the worst teams in the NBA -- unless Brown has performed some magical transformation, that's what they are. And that doesn't say much for him. He's also basically a jump shooter on a roster loaded with them.
The problem is that Morrison has limited trade value. He missed all last season with a serious knee injury and, although he's playing on the knee now in the preseason, everyone will consider him damaged goods to some extent until they see that knee hold up for long stretches.
Still, if you can recoup a first-round draft pick for Morrison -- and I mean anywhere in the first round, not just a lottery pick -- I'd take it. If you can get a good big man to help the Bobcats with their rebounding problems, I'd take it. But if you're just giving him away, I wouldn't take that. He's not that bad. He's just not that good, either.
I was a great admirer of Morrison in college and remain an admirer of the way he balances his diabetes and his basketball career. But I don't think he's a great fit here anymore.
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