The Oklahoma City Thunder knew they’d have to add a new shooter once Derek Fisher decided he was going to retire and enter the realm of coaching. Oddly enough, finding such in the NBA is more difficult than many may think considering the league as a whole lacks pure shooters, at least in comparison to the last few decades.
That’s why so many teams expressed interest in players like Anthony Morrow and Jimmer Fredette, who are known for their ability to hit from downtown.
It was said that when Anthony Morrow became a free agent, up to twelve teams put themselves in contact with the veteran sharpshooter but it’s the Oklahoma City Thunder who offered up the best situation as the three-point specialist signed a contract with the team on Saturday afternoon.
Anthony Morrow has agreed to join the Thunder, giving Oklahoma City a 3-point shooter and depth on the wing. Story coming soon.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) July 12, 2014
Morrow, who shot 45 percent from beyond the arc last season (and is a career 42 percent shooter) should be an upgrade over Fisher and provides the Thunder with a much needed floor stretcher, even with Kevin Durant on the other wing.
The six-year veteran was also said to be drawing significant interest from the Miami Heat, though after LeBron James decided to return to the Miami Heat the Oklahoma City Thunder understandably became a much more attractive destination for the former Georgia Tech product.
In addition to the Heat, the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards all showed interest in Anthony Morrow.
The shooting guard is likely to overtake Jeremy Lamb for the starting gig, though would be a fine addition off the bench as well.
Morrow’s contract will be for $10 million over the course of three seasons.