Posted September 12, 2013

Darius Morris turns down opportunity with Lakers for deal with Sixers

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Darius Morris will turn down an opportunity to return to the Lakers for a deal with the Sixers. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Darius Morris turned down a chance to return to the Lakers for a deal with the Sixers. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Former University of Michigan standout Darius Morris is finalizing a deal to play for the Philadelphia 76ers next season after two years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to a report Thursday from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports!, the 22-year-old guard turned down an opportunity to return to Los Angeles and instead will opt for Philadelphia to play a bigger role in the team’s rotation. The deal is partially guaranteed for next season but specific terms were not immediately available.

Last season, Morris split time between the Lakers and the team’s NBDL affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. In 48 appearances last season for the Lakers, he averaged 4.0 points and 1.6 assists per game.

Morris is expected to have a larger part in the Sixers’ rebuilding effort and will compete in a backcourt that features rookie Michael Carter-Williams and former Grizzly Tony Wroten.

The Sixers finished last season with a 34-48 record, tied with the Toronto Raptors for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia tips off its season Oct. 30 with a home game against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat.

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8 comments
Aaron14
Aaron14

No minutes for him in LA.  He should get to play a little in Philly.

bambam824
bambam824

Jordan Farmar will fill in the slot easily, and is a better ball handler.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

I watch alot of basketball and have never heard of this fellow.  So....poo.  Poo all over everyone's face.  

BlackieCats
BlackieCats

Wake up.  In the Lakers guard rotation, when is there time to play Morris?  You got Nash, Farmer, and Blake - and whatever garbage time poor Morris can muster 4 points and 2 assist a game. 

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

The Lakers have fallen too far when they can not keep "Darius Morris" yes  Darius Morris. Lakers should not get turned down by a player i need to Google. This is all happening on Kobe's watch, it does not matter how many hall of fame caliber players you bring in, Kobe is what he has always been a volume shooter nothing more. Kobe only makes himself better by talking twice as many shots as the next player on his team

Good luck trying to get Lebron, on the second hand save yourselves the embarrassment and avoid the Lebron talk all together

Aaron14
Aaron14

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler Thats hilaious!   You sound very desperate but I appreciate your sense of humor!  The only role Morris "turned down" with the Lakers was watching the game.  He will atleast get a chance to play with the Sixers.  The only reason he played last year with the Lakers is because half the team was injured. 

Azeron
Azeron

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler Guys are taking pay cuts to play with Lebron because they know that he will PASS THE DAMNED BALL!!!  Refernce Andrew Bynum's last year in the playoffs when he syraight ABUSED the Thunder and yet rather than continue to feed Bynum, Kobe insisted on taking ill advised jumpers and the Lakers lost the series.