NBA 07.11.2012, 11:37 Redazione Sportando - David Pick 17
Agent: Adam Morrison is not retiring from hoops
L'agente di Adam Morrison conferma in esclusiva a Sportando che il giocatore non si ritirerà
Adam Morrison made headlines during training camp when he said he might retire if he didn’t make the Portland Trail Blazers' roster.
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Yet it turns out that Morrison has not yet abandoned his hoops dreams after Portland released him as part of its final roster cuts.
Brad Ames of Priority Sports, which represents Morrison, told Sportando this week that the former No. 3 overall pick is indeed open to joining another team in Europe in hopes of jump-starting his career.
"We are looking for a good Euroleague or Eurocup situation for (Adam)," Ames said.
During camp with the Blazers, Morrison sounded reluctant about the idea of going back overseas if things didn't work out in Portland, but he has apparently softened that position. Morrison tested the foreign waters during the NBA lockout in 2011 with stints in Serbia and Turkey and shot better than 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc in both countries.
The 28-year-old former Gonzaga star then returned to the United States and was a standout at the Vegas Summer League, averaging 20 points a game for the L.A. Clippers and routinely promtping MVP chants from fans. But his battle back to the league hit another road block when the Blazers let him go at the end of camp.
"(At this point), Adam is open to whatever is the best move for his career, but he belongs in the NBA and that's his goal," Ames said. "If we don't have anything (from Europe) over the next few weeks, Adam will consider the D-League for call-up opportunities."
It would appear that a number of struggling Euroleague squads can use Morrison's winning mentality and scoring abilities. Greek powerhouses Olympiacos and Panathinaikos and Germany's Bamberg immediately come to mind as possibilities for the 6-foot-8 small forward.