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76ers sign Darius Morris, he is likely to make squad

Sep 12, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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Darius Morris couldn’t crack Mike D’Antoni’s tight rotation last season with the Lakers. He played sparingly until injuries in the playoffs forced D’Antoni’s hand and Morris started Game 3 against the Spurs in the first round. Morris put up 24 points (on just 15 shots) and had six assists, but he got torched at the other end of the floor and was a -28 in the Lakers 31-point blowout loss.

Now Morris is going to get a chance on the other coast — he has reached a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, something confirmed by’s John Finger.

This is a two-year deal but neither season is fully guaranteed — the Sixers can cut him loose. However he is expected to make the roster and get a little run, reports Wojnarowski.

We’ll see how much. Just drafted Michael Carter-Williams will be the starting point in Philly, and behind him Tony Wroten (most recently of the Grizzlies) should get minutes. Morris is going to need to work his way into that rotation.

We’ll see if he can, the guy shot 38.8 percent overall last season — he shot 36 percent from three but struggled to finish in the paint and his midrange was shaky. But he’s also just 22 and that could improve with time, effort and a little more opportunity.

He’s going to get that with Brett Brown in Philly, we’ll see what he does with it.

  1. connorchew - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM


  2. 00maltliquor - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Darius is good and can be a very serviceable rotation PG with just a little coaching faith and steady minutes. Good luck Darius, time to show and prove. You’re in the best situation possible with a rookie PG and only Tony Wroten to battle with for min.

    Those are some tall az PGs though! 6”6, 6”6 and 6”4.

  3. kvanhorn87 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Perfect fit. Score and fun to watch but Gives up more points on other side. @winlessforwiggins

  4. orlandochamps - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    This kid is straight trash.

  5. asimonetti88 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    If he improves defensively, he could be a solid rotation player. Will miss him on the Lakers (he’s an LA native), but he never really had a coach that could develop him.

    • biasedhomer - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      He plays very little defense. As a backup, that is unacceptable, those type of players don’t last too long in the league.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Hence why I said, “if he improves defensively”

  6. tcclark - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I would love this signing if I wasn’t already rooting for Khalif Wyatt to make the team. Basically they should fight it out for the 3rd pg spot and Morris will start with a big advantage.

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