The Thunder have guaranteed Morrow's $3.48 million contract for the 2016-17 season, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports. In order to avoid Morrow's contract becoming guaranteed for the upcoming season, the Thunder would have had to waive him before July 15, but the offseason departures of Kevin Durant and Randy Foye prompted the team to hang on to the veteran. Morrow's meager salary isn't a bitter pill for the Thunder to swallow with the cap rising this summer, and the 30-year-old still brings value as a three-point shooter off the bench. Morrow tied Durant for the team lead last season with a 38.7 percent shooting mark from downtown, and is a 42.5 percent three-point shooter over his 10-year NBA career.
Morrow put up 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt) in seven minutes off the bench during Thursday's 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors. Even though he barely played, Morrow still led the Thunder in bench scoring as coach Billy Donovan chose to ride his starters for heavy minutes. The tighter postseason rotation has made it difficult for the shooting guard to consistently make an impact or even get off the bench on some occasions, but when the Thunder need to make up a deficit with three-point production, there's few better weapons at Donovan's disposal than Morrow.
Morrow (coach's decision) didn't get off the bench in Sunday's 111-97 Game 4 win over the Spurs. This was the first game of the series in which Morrow has failed to appear, as coach Billy Donovan opted to play Dion Waiters and Randy Foye ahead of Morrow off the bench. Morrow could still be called upon at some point later in the series when the Thunder want to get more shooters on the floor, but don't expect him to log major minutes in any single contest.
Morrow tallied 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 120-115 loss to the Trail Blazers. Morrow entered the starting five with the Thunder resting four of their regulars on the top unit, which enabled the veteran sharpshooter to finish with his highest point and minutes total since a 20-point eruption over 34 minutes back on Jan. 4. While coach Billy Donovan should bring a number of the regular starters back in the mix Saturday against the Kings, it's possible that other rotation members could sit out, which may result in another enhanced minutes load for Morrow.
Morrow will start in Wednesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports. Morrow is starting due to the Thunder resting Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Kevin Durant, and Serge Ibaka. He'll likely see a large minutes increase before returning to the bench as soon as the regular starters return to action.
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