According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Darius Morris is now a free agent after two 10-day contracts with the Los Angeles Clippers:
Clippers didn’t sign Darius Morris after his 2nd 10 day contract expired. Morris a free agent. Clips roster at 14
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 26, 2014
In the NBA, once a player has been signed to two consecutive 10-day contracts, the team must decide between letting the player go or signing them for the remainder of the season. Chris Paul being on the brink of an early return may be a big reason behind this, but roster flexibility may be reason number one. Including Morris, the Clippers would have had all 15-roster spots filled with all of those spots being guaranteed. Releasing Morris gives them room to work with if they attempt to poach a third big from someone’s roster via the trade market, add Andrew Bynum or sign a veteran released in the coming months.
In ten games, Morris averaged 0.9 points on 5.4 minutes per game. He’ll likely be headed back to the NBA Development League unless a team decides to give him a run due to injuries at the guard position.