Morrow will be in uniform but will not take the floor during Friday's game against the Suns, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Coach Fred Hoiberg apparently wants Morrow to take some time to get acclimated to his new situation after being traded and he will not take the floor Friday for the Bulls. His role in the offense has yet to be determined, but he should be able to be a three-point option for the Bulls, despite hitting an uncharacteristically low 29.4 percent from long distance this season.
Morrow has been traded to the Bulls along with Cameron Payne and Joffrey Lauvergne in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Morrow was part of a package that was centered around Cameron Payne, but he should still provide some value for Chicago, especially with Doug McDermott now in Oklahoma City. That being said, Morrow is struggling this season, averaging only 5.8 points per game and shooting a lousy 29.4-percent from three, which is uncharacteristic given his 41.7-percent career average. Nevertheless, he should have an opportunity to work himself into the Bulls' rotation, especially if he can improve his three-point stroke.
Morrow logged 11 points (3-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two steals and one rebound across 30 minutes in a 108-94 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.
With Alex Abrines missing the game with back spasms and starting small forward Andre Roberson not giving the Thunder much offense early on, Morrow appeared for just the fourth time since the beginning of 2017 and picked up a huge workload off the bench. Unfortunately for Morrow, he didn't live up to his reputation as a sharpshooter, so if Abrines' absence proves to be only a short-term issue, Morrow could be headed out of coach Billy Donovan's rotation before long.
Morrow (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 109-94 win over the Bulls on Monday.
After a seven-game run as the team's starting shooting guard, Morrow moved back to the bench Dec. 31 when Victor Oladipo returned from a wrist injury. While it wasn't unexpected that Morrow has seen his minutes tail off upon moving back to the bench, it's been more surprising that he's been passed up on the depth chart by rookie Alex Abrines, who has settled in as the primary backup to Oladipo. Abrines' emergence has resulted in Morrow dropping out of the rotation entirely for four of the past five games, and the veteran may not reclaim playing time until Abrines' three-point shooting shooting tails off. Abrines has done well to maintain his spot in the rotation by going 6-of-16 (37.5%) from distance over the past five contests.
Morrow started Saturday during a 114-101 victory over the Suns and scored 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and had two steals across 21 minutes.
Victor Oladipo (wrist) missed his third consecutive game and Morrow started for him Saturday after Jerami Grant had started the previous two games. Morrow, who gives the Thunder desperately needed three-point shooting, is seeing his playing time continue to trend in the right direction. He is playing 25.3 minutes per game so far in December after he averaged 13.3 minutes per game in November. Even when Oladipo returns, Morrow will likely continue to see at least 20 minutes per game.
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