SI Free Agent Tracker, Adam Morrison and D.J. Mbenga are still unrestricted free agents. Just a month ago Morrison was working out in Vegas in front of several team representatives. Washington showed strong interest for the Gonzaga star and 2007 NBA All-Rookie Second Team but no official move was made. Adam's spectating mode is long over-lived, he just wants to play ball again. This is what he said to reporters last month after his shooting practice.
"It was a good shooting workout. It was good," Morrison said, before being asked if he'd be interested in coming to Washington. "That'd be a great place. But I want to play anywhere. I haven't played basically in two years, so I'm just looking for a place to get some quality minutes and try to get back in that rhythm again."
Adam Morrison will be making roughly $5.3 million this upcoming season if he remains a Laker. A very nice salary for someone who played just a total of 83 games in the past two seasons.
D.J. Mbenga's presence off the bench as a Lakers center reserve will be needed more now that Josh Powell has gone to Atlanta. The one thing that you can count on with the Congo native is his physicality. He rarely gets injured and because of that he's become a reliable source for the team. The other thing you can always count on with Mbenga is his inability to fundamentally play the sport. Yes his solid 7-foot frame is an impressive defensive force but can he move around offensively like our other big men? Maybe team mentor and Laker legend Kareem can set aside D.J. and newly acquired Ratliff for some one-on-one sessions.
NBA fans are desperately looking for a big man that can emulate a Kareem skyhook. Please! All we see now is the standard hippity-hoppity, elbow to the rib cage thrust to the rim for the camera flash happy dunk. What happened to the days of fundamental basketball? Do I really sound that old? I'm 33 for crying out loud and I rarely see the turn-around Hakeem fade-way. Gasol, Duncan, and Jermain O'Neal have always been a favorite for me.
Okay back to Morrison and D.J. I can see Morrison leaving but I see D.J. staying with the squad just for his physique and defensive role. It would be nice if he would learn a move or two this off season. Its ironic that after all of the off season money hungry free agents, the one player who may serve his most important role in this upcoming season will only be making $959,111.00. I say "only" because its the least of the players salaries.
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