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Trail Blazers and Anthony Morrow Agree To Deal

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The Portland Trail Blazers and free agent shooting guard Anthony Morrow have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, agent Wallace Prather told Basketball Insiders. The Vertical was first to report the agreement.

Morrow, a career 42 percent shooter from beyond the arc, will compete with Archie Goodwin, Isaiah Briscoe, and C.J. Wilcox for the final roster spot with the Trail Blazers.

The addition of Morrow gives Portland 18 players heading into training camp.

Wilcox signed a two-way contract with the Trail Blazers. Briscoe and Goodwin were recently signed to training camp deals, as first reported by ESPN.

Several teams expressed interest in Morrow, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls and others.

For Morrow, Portland offers an opportunity to compete for a roster spot on a potential playoff team. Portland ranked sixth in 3-pointers made per game (10.4) and seventh in 3-point percentage per game (37.4) in the league last season.

Morrow can potentially replace Allen Crabbe’s shooting ability. Crabbe was traded to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this summer.

Michael Scotto is a Senior NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders in his sixth season covering the league. He also works for The Associated Press focusing on Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks game coverage.

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Sources: Victor Oladipo to Opt Out of NBA Restart

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Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo has decided to sit out the resumed 2019-20 NBA season, telling The Athletic on Friday he can’t get his mind “to being fully comfortable” in playing.

“I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,” Oladipo said. “I feel like I’m at a great place in my rehab and getting closer and closer to 100 percent. With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can’t get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing. I have to be smart and this decision hasn’t been easy, but I truly believe continuing on the course I’m on and getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me.”

Oladipo has one year left on his four-year, $84 million deal with the Pacers. Sources said Oladipo plans to travel with the team to Orlando despite his decision to opt out of playing, and that he will continue his rehab, support his teammates and join them inside the bubble environment.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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Sources: NBA Expected to OK ‘second bubble’ in Chicago

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The NBA is closing in on signing off on a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to play in Orlando, enabling mini-training camps and subsequent games against other clubs with a target date of September, sources tell ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Zhaire Smith Out for NBA Restart with Bone Bruise in Left Knee

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Philadelphia 76ers wing Zhaire Smith has a bone bruise in his left knee, per source. He will not travel to Orlando.

Smith began experiencing pain prior to the Sixers resuming workouts last week, and he started treatment immediately. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Source: Derek Bodner on Twitter

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