Bobcats sign top pick Morrison to rookie contract

Updated: July 6, 2006, 11:37 AM ET
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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 contract.

"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."