San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles LakersApparently you can forget about Boobie Gibson and/or Chris Duhon joining the 76ers during the season of the tank.

According to a report/Tweet by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski the Sixers are close to inking former Lakers reserve point guard Darius Morris.

Jason Wolf of later confirmed Woj’s initial report, so although they probably won’t officially comment for weeks, it seems that the Sixers have added another 6-foot-3 or taller point guard.

Morris will join 2013 NBA Lottery pick Michael Carter Williams and the recently acquired Tony Wroten it what should be an interesting backcourt situation at 76ers training camp.

Wolf is also reporting that the contract is only partially guaranteed for the 2013-14 season, but a source of Wolf’s says Morris  is expected, “to make the roster and play substantial minutes.”

In 48 games for the Lakers last season, Morris  averaged 14 mpg. and rang up stats of 4 points and 1.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game.  Morris put up 188 FGAs in 2012-13 and hit on 38.8% of those shots.  He hit 24 of his 66 3PAs last season (36.4%).

Morris’ big moment in the spotlight came during the opening round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs vs. the Spurs.  In Game 3 of that series, Morris put up 24 points and handed out 6 assists while the  Lakers were getting a 120-89 ass-whoopin by San Antonio.

He also played in 19 games for LA in 2011-12.

One scout I spoke with described Morris this way, “…a big guard with okay court vision…only 22 years old…long defender, hard not quick and gets beat by the dribble-drive often…”

Morris was a second round pick (41st overall) of the Lakers in 2011.  Morris played at Michigan for two seasons and when he left Ann Arbor, Morris owned the Wolverines single-season assist record with 235 dimes (2011).  UM star Trey Burke later broke that record.

I will be interested to see what this Morris signing means for Temple alum and Sixers summer league roster member Khalif Wyatt.

It looks like Khalif could be the odd man out in what has suddenly become a very crowded backcourt scene on Brett Brown’s roster.


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