With Mike Conley out for a week or two following a nasty sprained ankle, the Memphis Grizzlies have selected Darius Morris to fill in for him in their suddenly bare collection of point guards (Nick Calathes tho). Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies are expected to sign him to a 10-day contract.
PG Darius Morris (2nd 10-day with Clippers expired Jan. 26) is meeting Griz coaches tonight in OKC and expected to sign MEM 10-day 2morrow— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) February 3, 2014
As Tillery said, Morris spent time with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this season, appearing in 10 games. He also played 12 games for the Philadelphia 76ers, including a 20-point performance against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 16th. Through three seasons in the NBA, Morris holds career per-36s of 10.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds. His career percentages aren't wowing, with marks of 40.0% from the field, 35.8% from three (1.2 makes per 36 minutes) and 66.7% from the free throw line.
For the Grizzlies, Morris resembles a temporary point guard option for a team nearly completely starved of them without Conley. There's nothing particularly impressive about Morris, a former Laker second-round pick, but he can hit a three with his feet set and appears to be a solid passer and on-ball defender. There aren't many other point guard options of note in the free agent market (I was hoping they'd sign Tyshawn Taylor, but it's a negligible difference), and the Grizzlies have already struck gold once making a minor signing (James Johnson).
Morris was one of several players worked out by the Grizzlies shortly after Quincy Pondexter's injury, although it was ultimately Seth Curry (waived nearly a month ago on January 5th) that was signed from that group. Let's hope Morris pans out a bit better than Curry did, because he'll almost definitely be pushed into playing time from the start unlike Curry.
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