Bobcats sign top pick Morrison to rookie contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats on
Thursday signed forward Adam Morrison, the third overall pick of
last week's draft.

Under the rookie salary scale, Morrison will make $6.25 million
in the first two years of the deal that runs through 2007-08.
The Bobcats hold club options for the next two years of the

"We are pleased to sign Adam and to get him on the basketball
court with our team," Bobcats general manager Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "He is a quality young man and a fine talent who we are
excited to have as part of our organization. We have already
seen how his skills will benefit our team and how competitive he
is on the court."

The 6-8, 205-pound Morrison will play for the Bobcats in the
Orlando Summer League next week. On July 19, he will begin
training camp with Team USA, hoping to be among 23 players
selected to the squad that will compete for the FIBA World
Championship in Japan.

"I am glad to sign my first contract and start my NBA career
here in Charlotte. It has been a lifelong dream to play in the
NBA," said Morrison, who led the nation in scoring at 28.1
points per game as a junior with Gonzaga. "I look forward to
doing whatever I can to help the Bobcats take the next step as
we build towards a championship."