Adam Morrison is still shooting for another shot at the NBA, but he may have to go through Europe (again) to get there. While Morrison recently discussed retiring from the game there appears to be a new plan in the works that could include playing in Europe or the D-League.
So much for that retirement talk.
A little over a month ago while in training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers, Adam Morrison discussed his Plan B scenario if he didn't make the Blazers roster cut and many were surprised to both hear and read that Morrison was considering hanging it up. Neither playing back in Europe or the D-League were part of that discussion.
Last week Morrison was waived by the Blazers after averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in five games.
Next stop: retirement, right?
Not so fast.
For Morrison, the next move will be on the court and includes weighing his overseas options with the idea of heading back to Europe to play for a Euroleague or Eurocup team according to his agent Brad Ames of Priority Sports. In an interview with Sportando.net on Wednesday, Ames explained how Morrison still wants to play in the NBA, and would even consider signing in the D-League if the offers in Europe aren't to Morrison's liking.
"(At this point), Adam is open to whatever is the best move for his career, but he belongs in the NBA and that's his goal," Ames said. "If we don't have anything (from Europe) over the next few weeks, Adam will consider the D-League for call-up opportunities."
Knowing the need for a player of Morrison's caliber to excel in the overseas market, expect a number of teams to step forward and either reach out or respond to the need for Morrison's services. While Morrison may get lost in the NBA shuffle, the 6'8 small forward showed last season in Turkey that he can still produce. With Besiktas, Morrison averaged 11.8 points in 22 minutes per game before leaving the team in early April of last season due to a lack of playing time.
Back to the retirement talk real quick -- what also sticks out the most from that interview conducted by Chris Haynes and Dwight Jaynes of Comcast Sports Northwest is Morrison's stance on returning to play in Europe.
"I did the Europe thing and it just wasn't for me...Not saying the (Europe) culture or anything like that, (or) the people, it just wasn't for me. So, yeah, if it doesn't work out, I'm willing to look myself in the mirror and say, 'I gave it a honest shot' and turn the page. Do something else."
That "something else" very easily could mean another tour of Europe.