Being a high lottery pick in the NBA draft virtually guarantees an NBA job for a long time. Even the biggest busts are always finding front offices willing to take a chance on a possible steal. How else can you explain Kwame Brown(notes) entering his 10th season in the NBA or Michael Olowokandi getting nine years? Heck, even Sam Bowie — the bustiest of all busts — played a decade in the league.
With that in mind, it should be no surprise that teams with cap space would want to acquire the third pick in the 2006 draft. However, when you realize that the third pick that year was Adam Morrison(notes), and that he played a grand total of 241 minutes during last season, you kind of get a headache from the confusion. But apparently that's what's happening, because according to the Washington Post's Michael Lee, Morrison is working out for teams left and right.
The Wizards on Monday held a workout in Las Vegas for free agent forward Adam Morrison, the third overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft. According to a source at the Impact Sports facility, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders personally conducted the workout, running Morrison through a series of shooting drills. Scout Ed Tapscott was also in attendance according to a witness. [...]
Another source confirmed the workout with Morrison but added, "nothing is imminent." Morrison is expected to work out for the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Good for Adam Morrison. He's only 25, he's been in the NBA for four seasons so he's definitely going to be professional and won't complain about playing time. Furthermore, his former Lakers teammates respect his game. Really. They really do, you guys. Stop laughing.
However, inking Morrison — whether it be Washington, Chicago or somewhere else, he'll get a contract — means that one less deserving D-League guy won't get a chance. There are a hundred other leagues where Morrison can go and shoot jumpers over outreached hands, and he'd be good at it as long as he doesn't have to create his own shot. He's just a little too slow and a lot too non-athletic to make an impact in the NBA. Take a chance on someone who might really help the team, various NBA franchises.
Then again, he did have a 21.5 PER in the 2010 playoffs. Plus he's got two championship rings. Pedigrees like that don't grow on vines.