If you missed the news (and last night’s game) you’ll see that the Los Angeles Clippers have signed former Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers guard Darius Morris to a ten-day contract. Here is the press release form the team:
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed guard Darius Morris to a 10-day contract.
Morris started the season with the Philadelphia 76ers where he averaged 6.9 points and 2.6 assists in 12 games before being waived on Nov. 20. The third-year player has career averages of 4.1 points, 1.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 79 games (17 starts) with the 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. A Los Angeles native, Morris was the 41st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Lakers out of the University of Michigan.
The 6’4” point guard played two seasons for the Wolverines, earning third team All Big-Ten honors as a sophomore with averages of 15.0 points, 6.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
With no time to practice with the team and acclimate himself with his teammates, Morris was thrown into the fire as the Clippers took on, and defeated, the Orlando Magic last night. In seven minutes of play, Morris managed to score just one point on 0-3 shooting, but grabbed a rebound, assist and steal within that time.
Much isn’t expected from Morris, but he’s a step up from what Maalik Wayns would have been as he had yet to be healthy enough to take the field. He isn’t your “traditional” point guard, but has the potential to put points on the board.
It’s unclear if he’ll make it past his first ten-day contract as the Clips are looking to find a suitable backup to help ease the pain of losing Chris Paul for six weeks.