Ex-Lakers Guard Darius Morris Reportedly Signs with Philadelphia 76ers
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Morris is headed to the City of Brotherly Love:
Morris, 22, will sign a partially guaranteed contract for the 2013-14 season, but is expected to make the 76ers' roster and play meaningful backcourt minutes this season.
Morris, a fleet, 6-foot-4 point guard, turned down a chance to return to the Lakers for his third season there, choosing the chance for a bigger role with the rebuilding 76ers. Philadelphia added two guards this off-season: first-round draft pick Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse, and it acquired Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies.
Talk about an inexperienced backcourt.
Of the three point guards, Morris is actually the one with the most experience, although he has significantly less potential than both Michael Carter-Williams (lanky athlete with two-way upside) and Tony Wroten (explosive 1-guard without anything resembling a jumper). With 67 professional games under his belt, the Michigan product has played almost twice as many contests as the other two combined.
During the 2012-13 season, there were a handful of games in which Morris actually looked like he could take on a bigger role in the rotation. Hell, he managed to record 24 points, two rebounds and six assists on 9-of-15 shooting in a playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs.
But Mike D'Antoni tends to have that type of effect on point guards. I'm more interested in seeing what he can do under a more conservative coach, especially because I was quite high on Morris when he was first leaving Michigan.
He still has potential.
That isn't lost on CBS Philly's Spike Eskin, who wrote, "The Sixers moves this offseason have been pretty consistent. Acquire low-risk, low-cost, young players, who once showed promise and have not yet realized that talent. This most recent move fits that bill."
Will Morris earn a long-term role in Philly?
The 6'4" floor general will likely function as the backup point guard for the Sixers, as there's no reason for them to limit MCW's minutes during his rookie season. Morris and Wroten will battle it out for the second-unit job throughout the 2013-14 campaign, but don't expect either one to really light up the scoreboard on a consistent basis.
It's still a solid move for the Sixers, who get to add another young player for observational purposes while preserving their status as the prohibitive favorites in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes.
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