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2014 NBA Free Agency: Anthony Morrow opting out, per report

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New Orleans swingman is an elite outside shooter who would be perfect free agent target for Detroit Pistons.

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New Orleans sharpshooter Anthony Morrow is opting out of his contract with the Pelicans and will look to secure a bigger deal in free agency, according to Hoops Hype.

As I mentioned in my free agent preview, this should not come as a shock. Morrow was coming off his worst season as a pro last offseason due to injuries and inconsistent playing time and had to settle for a league-minimum deal with the Pelicans. He responded by hitting 45 percent from the 3-point line and is likely to have a much easier time finding work this offseason.

Morrow is one of the elite shooters in the NBA, though he doesn't offer much value elsewhere. That shouldn't matter to the Pistons, however, as 3-point shooting is likely No. 1 on a very long list of needs Detroit is looking to address this offseason.

With Rodney Stuckey and Chauncey Billups likely gone and Josh Smith mercifully moving from small forward to power forward, there is certainly room on the roster for the Pistons to add an additional wing player, though the 6-foot-5 Morrow is much more a shooting guard than small forward.

For his career, Morrow averages 10.4 points on 45 percent shooting and 42 percent shooting from 3. In his bounceback year with the Pelicans, Morrow scored 8.4 points per game in just 18.8 minutes of action.