Joe Freeman from The Oregonian had it first, and now the Blazers have made it official. Adam Morrison will be joining the Portland Trail Blazers for training camp.
Morrison joins Demonte Harper and Dallas Lauderdale. Here’s the official press release:
TRAIL BLAZERS ADD THREE PLAYERS TO TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Training camp roster stands at 18 players
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Adam Morrison, Demonte Harper and Dallas Lauderdale, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey.
Morrison (Forward, 6-8, 205) was selected with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats out of Gonzaga, earning NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors in 2006-07. He has career averages of 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 161 games over four seasons with Charlotte and the L.A. Lakers. He played in Serbia and Turkey before joining the Brooklyn Nets and L.A. Clippers summer league squads in July. Morrison averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 30.0 minutes in five games with the Clippers.
Harper (Guard, 6-4, 195) was a four-year standout at Morehead State, where he finished his collegiate career in 2010-11 by earning All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team and conference tournament MVP honors his senior year. He spent last season playing in Croatia before playing for the Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League squad in July.
Lauderdale (Forward, 6-8, 260) also made a 2012 NBA Summer League roster, appearing for the Golden State Warriors. He played collegiately at Ohio State from 2007-11, finishing his four-year career with the Buckeyes averaging 4.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game. Lauderdale spent the 2011-12 season playing in Poland.
With today’s signings, the Trail Blazers training camp roster stands at 18 players.
The reactions to the Morrison invite have been varied, as in various people have complained, and Canada’s own Tas Melas said this.
It seems highly unlikely that Morrison will make Portland’s Opening Day roster, so it makes little to no sense to get all in a huff about him coming into camp. I do get it though, we spent last season watching the Blazers self-destruct and now we are preparing for what might be a long, slow, and painful climb out of the Draft Lottery. What do we want to see a few weeks before camp starts? A washed-out former overall number three pick, whose return to the NBA may be in some way related to this:
I really hope he hasn’t cut his hair.
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