Why Anthony Morrow Considered Retirement After Only 9 NBA Seasons

Over the offseason, there were plenty of movement across the NBA landscape that saw many players wind up with new teams.

However, for much of that, veteran guard Anthony Morrow wasn’t one of those players on the move as the quietness on that front had him contemplating retiring after nine seasons in the league, according to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.

But Morrow, who turned 32 on Wednesday, saw little-to-no interest from teams this summer. July came and went. August passed. And by the time September rolled around, Morrow — who had been working out four or five times a week in Charlotte and Atlanta — thought his career might be over.

“It ran across my mind, especially as it got later into the summer,” Morrow said. “You see guys signing and you wonder: ‘Is this it?’”

Anthony Morrow was eventually able to latch onto the Portland Trail Blazers, where he will compete for one of the last roster spots on the team. He has reached the point of his career where he has become accustomed to playing in a limited role off the bench as a 3-point shooting specialist.

In fact, this is the niche that will allow him to continue his NBA career if he’s able to showcase that ability to the Trail Blazers in the six-game preseason. He has been a highly effective 3-point shooter in his career with a 41.7 percent mark from beyond the arc, which is currently the fifth-best percentage in the league and 13th-best in NBA history.

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