Pelicans signing Darius Morris to partially-guaranteed 2-year deal
With the 2018 offseason coming to an end, several teams around the NBA landscape are still searching for ways to bolster their rosters. One such team is the New Orleans Pelicans, who have reportedly signed Darius Morris to a two-year, partially-guaranteed deal.
Sources: Along with offer sheet on Tyrone Wallace, New Orleans is signing four-year NBA guard Darius Morris to a partially guaranteed two-year deal.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 4, 2018
Morris is a 27-year-old point guard who was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 41st overall pick in the 2011 Draft. The Los Angeles native has played for quite a few NBA teams over the course of his career, including the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, L.A. Clippers, and Memphis Grizzlies. He’s also spent some time in the G-League, serving stints with the Los Angeles D-Fenders (Lakers affiliate) and Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Rockets).
Morris played his collegiate ball at the University of Michigan, where he earned Third-Team All-Big 10 honors in 2011. The crafty ball handler actually set a new single-season assists record for the Wolverines during the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament with 235 in 35 games.
In his 132 career appearances on an NBA stage, Morris has managed to rack up averages of 3.3 points on 38.4 percent shooting from the field (32.2 percent from beyond the arc), 1.4 assists, and 1.0 rebound in 11.1 minutes per outing.
News of Morris’ deal comes just one day after the Pelicans announced that they had signed restricted free agent Tyrone Wallace to an offer sheet. It seems the team is intent on adding depth at the point guard position.
New Orleans has two openings on its 20-man offseason roster, so the team could add both Wallace and Morris and let them battle it out for a regular season roster spot. Morris could also be an insurance policy in case the Clippers match the Pelicans’ offer sheet for Wallace.
Morris was one of several free agent point guards who worked out for the Pelicans in August, according to HoopsRumors. Ty Lawson and Erick Green also took part in the evaluations.