The Grizzlies signed former Michigan Wolverine Darius Morris to a 10 day contract this morning. That means the Grizzlies should have another PG in uniform for the game tonight in Oklahoma City.
Morris has played for the Lakers, 76ers and most recently the LA Clippers posting career averages of 3.7 PPG and 1.5 APG in just over 12 minutes a night. Morris played two seasons at Michigan where he led the Big 10 in assists during the 2010-11 season. He held the Michigan record for most assists in a season until it was broken last year by Trey Burke. Morris was named 3rd team all Big 10 his final season at Michigan.
Morris was selected 41st in the NBA draft by the Lakers where he played for two seasons. As a free agent, Morris signed with Philadelphia on a partially guaranteed contract last September. In 12 games with the 76ers, Morris averaged 6.9 PPG and 2.6 APG in 16.1 MPG before being released. Morris was also released this season by the Clippers after completing his second 10 day contract. At that time the Clippers had to decide to waive him or sign Morris for the remainder of the year.
Morris also has played in the D-League this season averaging 17 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 5.0 APG in 3 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
This is a great opportunity for Morris as the Grizzlies were already down to 2 point guards before Mike Conley’s injury. Most teams carry three point guards so a good showing for Morris could secure him employment for the rest of the season.