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Apr 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow (3) reacts after a shot during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder rumors: Anthony Morrow to play a key role

The Oklahoma City Thunder entered their offseason with their sights set on a big time free agent like Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol. The Thunder simply couldn’t afford Gasol and instead turned their attention elsewhere, agreeing to a deal with New Orleans Hornets’ swingman Anthony Morrow.

Susan Bible of Basketball Insiders believes Morrow will play a key role for the Thunder.

The Thunder will not roll with its usual starting line-up featuring perimeter defender Thabo Sefolosha at the shooting guard position, as the Atlanta Hawks acquired him in a sign-and-trade deal. Whether head coach Scott Brooks elects to start Reggie Jackson in a backcourt duo situation with Russell Westbrook, or rising Jeremy Lamb, or even defensive-minded-but offensively-limited Andre Roberson, Morrow is set to impact this team either off the bench or in a starting role. The reason is simple: Morrow is the most efficient and consistent pure shooter to ever don a Thunder jersey.

Morrow averaged 8.4 pointsm 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game while shooting 45.8% from the field, 45.1% from three and 82.8% from the free throw line. In hi six-year career, the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket has put up 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 45.2% from the floor, 42.8% from beyond the arc and 88.6 from the charity stripe. Morrow has played for the Golden State Warriors, New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Hornets.

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