Blazers waive Anthony Morrow, Isaiah Briscoe, Archie Goodwin
The Portland Trail Blazers’ management brought out the scissors Saturday and cut three players from their roster namely, Anthony Morrow, Isaiah Briscoe, and Archie Goodwin. This was reported earlier by Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl.
The Blazers have waived Anthony Morrow, Isaiah Briscoe and Archie Goodwin
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) October 14, 2017
The news came after the Blazers concluded their preseason campaign by beating Israeli basketball team Maccabi Haifa on Friday, 129-81. It was the Blazers’ fifth win a row following a loss to the Phoenix Suns in the preseason opener, proving to their fans how ready their team is for the regular season.
Unfortunately for Morrow, Briscoe, and Goodwin, they will no longer be part of the Blazers moving forward.
Cutting the three players suggests that Portland feels confident in the depth of its backcourt, which is bannered by the dynamic duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Beyond those two, however, the Blazers’ backcourt doesn’t look too imposing. Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton are the main backups for Lillard and McCollum, while Evan Turner can slide down to either guard roles to lend help. Portland’s roster size is now down to 14.
In any case, Lillard and McCollum will have to do much of the heavy-lifting again, especially with Portland sporting a slim backcourt. Last season, the Blazers were tops in the NBA in guard scoring with 58.7 points per game, per Hoop Stats.
It’s interesting to see, though, what Anthony Morrow does next as it can be recalled that the 32-year-old already contemplated on hanging his sneakers for good a few months ago.