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

Pacers Should Look Into Signing Anthony Morrow


The Indiana Pacers are looking ahead to the offseason now, and free agency is expected to be a fairly intriguing time to keep an eye on them. Indiana knows that they need to make more than a couple small adjustments to get back to the Eastern Conference Finals, and they need to make some big upgrades in order to make it to the NBA Finals. Two of the biggest issues for Indiana this past season was scoring off the bench and perimeter shooting. There are a few free agents out there, but the Pacers will not have the type of money to sign any bigger names.

Apr 4, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow (3) shoots against Utah Jazz guard Ian Clark (21) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 100-96. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the lack of cap space that the Pacers have, there is one name that makes a lot of sense and would be a perfect fit in Indiana. Anthony Morrow has opted out of his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, and would add a scorer and perimeter shooter to the roster. He has a career three-point percentage of 42.8% and has been an every night scoring threat for the majority of his career.

Why should Morrow be at the top of Indiana’s free agency targets? Quite simply, he’s the perfect fit for the areas that the Pacers struggled in last season. As mentioned earlier in this article, his three-point shooting ability would immediately come into play for Indiana, and he would force opposing defenses to stretch out to guard him. Also, he has been known to be an electric scorer at times, and he would be asked to do just that off the bench next year.

It is unknown exactly what type of contract Morrow will be looking for this offseason, but he does want to win a championship as well. If the Pacers were to offer him a two-year deal at $2-3 million per year, he would likely accept the deal in a heartbeat. The Pacers need exactly what Morrow brings to the table, and there simply aren’t going to be many free agents out there that will sign for the type of deal that they could get him at.

Overall, there are no guarantees that the Pacers will even show interest in Morrow, but it would be smart to get something done with him early in the offseason. He is looking for a big role on a championship contender, and the Pacers would be able to offer him the minutes that Evan Turner and Rasual Butler will vacate this offseason. There is no doubt that in 15-17 minutes per game, the Pacers could find their consistent double digit bench scorer with the signing of Morrow.

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  • Ian

    Pacers have this guy on their team already, his name is Chris Copeland. If Vogel didn’t play Copeland, why would he play another one dimensional 3 point shooter?

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      I was about to make the same point. Morrow isn’t exactly the same player as Copeland though. He’s smaller and quicker which should let him match up at the 2, which Copeland really can’t do.

      Problem is like you said. He is an objectively terrible defender. His shooting has value on some team, but I honestly wouldn’t offer him more than the vet min or an unguaranteed contract to see if it works out.

      I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt, but this is the sort of name you get if you sort NBA guards by 3 point shooting percentage and then start looking for cheap free agents without considering if they actually have a positive impact on a championship quality team.

  • metalhead65

    unless vogel changes his philosophy then what is the point of adding another scorer he will not play? yes defense is important but with hibbert and mahimi to guard the paint your shooters should be allowed to do what they were signed for. I don’t think copeland is a bad a defender as they say but then again since he never played we will never know. it’s like vogel has become the guy he replaced and focusing only on defense and a set offense with no compromise on his part. why is it no surprise they went minutes at a time without scoring? because he did not let the guys on the bench do what they were signed for and the starting offense was everybody stand around and wait for george to get open or launch a three as the shot clock expire. everyone wants to blame the granger trade for the collapse but why not blame the coach for not adapting to what turner was brought in for and that was to score? it is to bad the players were upset their expensive babysitter got traded but that just shows they are mentally weak and soft just like Bird said they were when the collapse started. they need to get a pure point guard who passes first and for vogel to loosen his grip on the offense. not saying they should be a run and gun team with no defense but they need to change the approach if they ever want to have a chance to make it to the finals.