The New Orleans Pelicans were reportedly trying to find a deal that would send Eric Gordon out of town in recent weeks, but it seems as if no team around the NBA wants to take on his hefty salary. However, that doesn’t mean the Pelicans are looking to stand-pat leading up to the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline.
According to a report from Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Pelicans are shopping sweet-shooting wing Anthony Morrow leading up to Thursday’s deadline. The report states that New Orleans is looking for a draft pick in return in any deal that would involve the 28-year-old shooting guard.
Given Morrow’s relatively miniscule contract and his pretty firmly cemented status as a role player in this league, you’d have to assume that a second round pick is what the Pelicans can be looking to get in return for Morrow, though the report failed to specify the asking price in that regard.
Morrow has shot the lights out for the Pelicans this season off of the bench. Playing 15.6 minutes per game, the veteran has averaged 6.3 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and a blistering 48 percent from beyond-the-arc. For a team in need of outside-shooting, a career 42.9 percent three-point shooter in Morrow could very well be worth a second round pick.
A team to watch in this could be the Charlotte Bobcats. As Morrow was on the market in free agency this summer, the Bobcats were linked to him on a number of occasions. Moreover, Charlotte is a team that could use a prolific outside shooter on the wing to help add another element to their offense as they look to solidify their playoff positioning. There’s no official word on any takers for Morrow, but I’d suspect that will change in the coming days.