After splitting last season between Oklahoma City and Chicago, Morrow remained unsigned into September, but he'll now head to Portland, where he'll look to crack the final roster out of camp. The soon-to-be-32-year-old is essentially a three-point specialist at this point, though he struggled in that regard last season, converting just 30.8 percent of his looks from beyond the arc.
Morrow finished with two points (1-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds across 21 minutes during Thursday's 102-90 victory over the 76ers.
Though he's collected 14 DNP-CDs since being traded to the Bulls just before the deadline, Morrow has played a combined 40 minutes over the past two games, totaling 17 points on 4-of-14 shooting. It's unclear exactly why coach Fred Hoiberg has decided to give Morrow extra run considering that the Bulls haven't taken on any new injuries other than Rajon Rondo (wrist) missing Thursday's game -- though he plays point guard while Morrow plays shooting guard and small forward. The situation could be worth monitoring, as Morrow is a historically impressive three-point shooter, knocking down 41.6 percent of his attempts from long range for his career.
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.
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