The Warriors, as it turns out, don’t have to wait seven days. The Warriors already decided they weren’t going to match the four-year (Sorry, I keep making this mistake) three year, $12 million offer from the New Jersey Nets.
So general manager Larry Riley decided instead to trade Morrow to the Nets so the Warriors can get something for him. What did they get?
A $2 2.6 million trade exception (the figure CSNBA’s Matt Steinmetz had is indeed correct) for the Warriors. This trade exception is basically a coupon that allows the Warriors to acquire another non-free agent from any team for up to $2.6 million. The Warriors have a year from today to cash it in.
ANTHONY MORROW: “I feel like I made the right decision for myself and my family. I’m really thankful to the Warriors. Class act. They gave me my first opportunity, my first chance. Never any hard feelings or anything like that. It was just a beautiful situation to be in.”
Morrow figures to have chance to start in New Jersey. He’ll be competing with the likes of Courtney Lee, Travis Outlaw and Terrance Williams — all who can play shooting guard. Still, that was better for Morrow than sitting behind guard Monta Ellis, who averaged 40-plus minutes last season. What minutes Morrow used to get a small forward have been given to Dorell Wright and Reggie Williams.
Morrow said the icing on the cake is being close to three former Warriors. He is really good friends with Kelenna Azubuike, who is now with the Knicks. Morrow will also have familiar faces in the area in forward Anthony Randolph and center Ronny Turiaf.
MORROW: “I’ma miss my homies. I’ma miss the fans. I definitely looking forward to going back there to play (against the Warriors). … It’s a blessing that I can still be close to the three guys. Really a blessing to be in that situation.”