HoopsHype Anthony Morrow rumors

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The reaction in the Mavericks’ locker room was mixed about the play former teammate Dahntay Jones had against Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night. Jones, who was traded to Atlanta for Anthony Morrow last month, stepped under Bryant at the end of the Hawks’ win. Bryant said it was a dangerous and dirty play. Jones said it was good defense. “It was a 50-50 play,” said Brandan Wright. Added Darren Collison: “Tough play. That’s all I can say about it.” Dallas Morning News

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The Mavs ended up only making a minor deal, sending Dahntay Jones to Atlanta for Anthony Morrow. At one point, however, Cuban says he thought the Mavs would be pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal at the deadline. “It was crazy,” Cuban said Friday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Ben and Skin Show.” “We thought we had a bunch of things done, literally a bunch of things done. We had teams get cold feet at the last minute. … Things that would have used cap room next year, would have had money next year, that were high-dollar guys, difference-maker guys.” ESPN.com

The Mavericks didn’t have to go far to get the lowdown on the player they finally settled on to help them at the trade deadline. When Don Nelson coached at Golden State, he was there for Anthony Morrow’s first two seasons in the NBA. When Nelson’s son, Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson called to get a scouting report, he liked what he heard. “Next to Chris Mullin,” the former Mavericks coach said, “[Morrow’s] probably the best pure shooter I ever coached. You’re going to love him.” Dallas Morning News

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Shooting guard Anthony Morrow is one of those talents and figures to earn consistent minutes this season in Atlanta under head coach Larry Drew as the Hawks replace Johnson by committee. Morrow played collegiately at Georgia Tech and is familiar with the Atlanta area. The fifth year guard will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, but is letting it be known his first preference would be to play well enough this season to earn a multi-year offer from the Atlanta Hawks. “Definitely,” Morrow told HOOPSWORLD on his desire to sign a multi-year deal in Atlanta. “I would love to be here long term. It’s like home for me. I’m familiar with here. It would be great. I’m looking forward to it, when that day comes. So I just want to come out and focus on having a great season.” HoopsWorld

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