Thursday October 21, 2010 9:53 a.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
Adam Morrison won't resurrect his career here in Washington as the Wizards released the former 3 overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft. The 6'8 small forward didn't do much in the pre-season to solidify a spot on the Wizards, averaging just 5 points and 2 rebounds in 4 games.
"He did a lot of positive things he probably just is not quite there yet," Coach Flip Sunders said tonight.
Just four years ago, Morrison was the darling of college basketball leading the nation in scoring and selected 3 by Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006. Morrison had a decent rookie season averaging 11.8 points a game but he tore his ACL the following year and was traded to the L.A. Lakers midway through the 08-09 season and barely saw the court in his two years there.
Best known for his jump shot, Morrison came to Wizards camp with a non guaranteed deal and was battling with Cartier Martin for a small forward spot. Morrison lost out.
The Wizards also released veteran center Sean Marks. He was hobbled by a bad hamstring all training camp and didn't play in one pre-season game. "It just became tough when we have so many big guys and so many big young guys so it just became more of a numbers thing from that standpoint," Saunders said.
The Wizards have until October 25 to set the final roster for the regular season opener on October 28 at Orlando. They can carry up to 15 players and that's where they stand after cutting Marks and Morrison but Saunders left open the possibility of making more roster moves in the next few days. "In this league you are never on (the roster) until you are on."
Notes: Gilbert Arenas participated fully in Thursday's practice after missing the last two pre-season games with a sore left groin. If Arenas is healthy, expect Saunders to trot out the three guard alignment with John Wall, Kirk Hinrich and Arenas versus Orlando. Saunders also said forward Josh Howard is ahead of schedule recovering from a torn ACL last season but still no timetable for his return yet.