|Maybe now Anthony Morrow can get some steady playing time. (Getty Images)|
The Atlanta Hawks had the trade deadline spotlight on them Thursday afternoon, but they didn't make the deal everybody thought they were going to make. Instead of trading Josh Smith to a number of suitors, the Hawks have dealt shooting guard Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for guard Dahntay Jones, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
The 27-year-old Morrow has been one of the more intriguing young players in the NBA for quite some time. He's one of the most accurate 3-point shooters in NBA history. He has the fourth highest career 3-point percentage (42.5 percent) among active players and is the ninth most accurate 3-point shooter in NBA history. Yet despite his shooting prowess on the perimeter, he had struggled to find much playing time with the Hawks this season, averaging just 12.5 minutes in 24 games.
In the first three years of Morrow's career, he made 336 of 751 3-point attempts with the Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets. That 44.7 percent shooting clip had him ranked second all-time. Since then, he's made a respectable 37.3 percent in two seasons with the Nets and Hawks, but he's failed to keep up the historic shooting of the beginning of his career.
He joins a Mavericks team that is ninth in 3-point percentage in the league.
The acquisition of the 32-year-old Jones gives Atlanta a little more athleticism on the perimeter and a much better defender than Morrow. Jones has had the worst season of his career since his rookie season. He's shooting just 35.7 percent from the field and 21.6 percent from the 3-point line.
Both Morrow and Jones have expiring contracts.