Hawks send Anthony Morrow to Mavs for Dahntay Jones
The 27-year-old Anthony Morrow is in the final year of a three-year contract that will pay him a $4 million in 2013. The five-year veteran Anthony Morrow is one of the most accurate perimeter shooters in NBA (with a career shooting of 42.5 percent, but he was buried behind a deep backcourt rotation in Atlanta. Despite season-ending injury to Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams Anthony Morrow didn’t get significant playing time due to the emergence of rookie John Jenkins.
“He’s one of the best shooters in the game,” Dallas Maverick coach Rick Carlisle said of Anthony Morrow. “You can never have too many shooters. “
The Atlanta Hawks initially acquired him in a key offseason trade with the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Joe Johnson. But Anthony Morrow only played in 24 games (with one start) for the Atlanta Hawks while being limited by right hip and back injuries this season. Anthony Morrow was averaging 5.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game this season.
However, signed as an undrafted free agent by the Golden State Warriors in 2008, Anthony Morrow made waves, averaging 10.1 points in his rookie season. Anthony Morrow continued to shoot over 42 percent from beyond the arc during two seasons with the Golden State Warriors and the next two with eth New Jersey Nets. He had a career best season in 2010-2011, averaging 13.2 points and three rebounds for 32 minutes per game.
"It’s pretty clear that we were in the market for a shooter and we feel that we made a major upgrade," said Dallas Maverick president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.
Anthony Morrow joins a Dallas Mavericks team that ranked ninth in the league in terms of 3-point percentage.
Dahntay Jones has played 15 games of 50 games for the Dallas Mavericks since arriving in a trade package along with Darren Collision, which was conducted with the Indiana Pacers last offseason. Dahntay Jones is coming off his worst season since his rookie year, averaging 3.5 point and 1.4 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game, while shooting just 35.7 percent from the field and 21.6 percent from beyond the arc. The eight-year veteran Dahnty Jones is in the final season of a four-year contract that has his pay check set for $2.9 million in 2013.
While the trade move saves the Atlanta Hawks over $1 million in players’ salaries, it also gives them a more defensive-minded player in terms of Dahntay Jones in exchange for Anthony Morrow.