HoopsHype Darius Morris rumors

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Under typical circumstances, when a player signs as a free agent over the summer, they cannot be traded until Dec 15. Now that that date has been reached, the Lakers are now able to deal most of their free-agent acquisitions. This isn't to suggest the Lakers are actually looking to make any specific moves, but technically Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison are now trade eligible. Additionally, Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris can be dealt but under the strict rules of the league's collective bargaining agreement, both have the right to block any trade after signing one year-deals (with Bird or Early Bird Rights upon completion). Another wrinkle to the equation is Jordan Hill, who can't be dealt until Jan. 15 after getting a raise greater than 20% from the Lakers. Los Angeles Times

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Mark Deeks: Danny Green got three years and $11,287,500, all guaranteed with no options. Darius Morris took the one year QO, so he too can veto trades. Twitter

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Darius Morris, a backup point guard who played limited minutes as a rookie last season, on Monday signed the Lakers' qualifying offer of about $950,000 for next season and will remain in his native Los Angeles. Morris played only 19 games and averaged just 2.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 8.9 minutes last season. He was one of a number of young players around the league whose progress was stunted by the lockout-shortened 66-game season in 2011-12. First, the lockout forced the cancellation of the NBA's summer league and then there was little time for practice once the labor impasse ended. The Lakers expect Morris to join their 2012 summer-league team, which begins play July 13 in Las Vegas. Los Angeles Daily News

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Mike Bresnahan: Lakers confirm that Darius Morris accepts one year contract of $900K. Ebanks still hasn't decided on his one-year offer of about $1 mill. Twitter

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Meanwhile, Morris enters this off-season wanting to use the summer league, which goes from July 13-22 in Las Vegas, to impress two parties. One involves the Lakers, where he averaged 2.4 points on 42.9% shooting in 8.9 points per game his rookie season. One involves other NBA teams, which Morris hopes would walk away impressed enough to grant him a larger role. "I love it here in L.A," Morris said Wednesday following his exit interview at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "But being a young player, it's really important to be somewhere where you feel like you have an opportunity to play and get to grow on the court, most importantly. Little things like that will be a factor. We'll see what happens." Los Angeles Times

As most players, rookie Darius Morris would like to return to the Lakers next season. But he also covets playing time, something he saw little of during his first NBA season. To improve his chances, Morris is planning to play in the NBA Summer League in July. “An expanded role is not impossible,” he said during his exit interview Wednesday. Morris, who averaged 8.9 minutes in 19 games, caught a break when point guard Steve Blake suffered a rib injury and saw his minutes increase significantly. He would like a bigger role next season, but knows he needs to improve. “Being on the bench, you lean a lot from the other point guards,” he said, adding that he learned quite a bit from watching Kobe Bryant. “I didn’t really expect us to be as close as we got, but it happened. … Off the court we became good friends,” Morris said. Orange County Register

Yet it was Metta World Peace who provided the most support, especially to the younger players. “Metta was great all year,” he said. “People don’t get to see what a great teammate he is. A lot of times, he will bite his tongue so the team will flow. … He tries to keep the team together. “Even when he wasn’t playing (during suspension) he was encouraging the young players, telling us to stay ready.” Orange County Register

April 12, 2012 Updates

Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris didn't get a chance to participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last year because it was canceled in the wake of the lockout, but the rookie guards could be headed there when it resumes July 13-22. "We haven't really thought of summer league yet," Brown said. "Naturally, Goudelock and Morris (would be candidates). I don't know about anybody else. Obviously, for the two rookies, it would be great for them." Los Angeles Daily News

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Lakers Coach Mike Brown publicly pushed for the NBA to review a non-call on Blake Griffin's push of Lakers rookie guard Darius Morris late in the first quarter of the Lakers' 102-94 loss Jan. 14 to the Clippers. Nine days later, he said the league informed him of something that assuaged his initial irritation. "I don't know if they gave it to him or not," Brown said, "but the league said Blake should've gotten at least a technical for pushing [Morris]." Los Angeles Times

January 22, 2012 Updates

Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock took different routes to the NBA, but they find themselves in the same position these days. Morris grew up in Los Angeles and was recruited by a number of college programs before landing at Michigan. Goudelock grew up in Georgia and received just one scholarship offer, from Charleston, but put together a stellar college career. Now, Morris and Goudelock are living the dream as rookies for the Los Angeles Lakers. Neither expected to be picked by the Lakers on draft night, but both are thrilled to don purple and gold. HoopsWorld

“I knew from the jump that they really liked me and that they were looking at me, but I didn’t know if I was going to be around for pick number 41,” Morris told HOOPSWORLD. “I didn’t really know where I was going to go on draft night. Looking back on it, I wouldn’t want to be any other place. I’m happy that they drafted me.” “I didn’t see it coming either,” Goudelock said. “Just like him, I didn’t know if I would be around for pick number 46, but my window was a little bit bigger than his. I could’ve gone anywhere from the 20’s to the 50’s so I didn’t really know. I was just waiting around to see what was going to happen, but luckily I got picked by one of the best organizations in the game. They’re first class. They do everything first class. This is about business here, it’s all about winning. You can really see that is the focus of every guy through his work ethic. You can just tell that the tradition around here is winning. It’s win or go home for us every day and I like the situation.” HoopsWorld

What has been the biggest surprise for each rookie? “The biggest shock is probably just how good everybody is out there on that floor,” Morris said. “Not just offensively, but in terms of defense and being able to cover spots so quickly with their length and athletic ability. It’s a little bit different than college.” “Guys are way taller, way longer, way faster and the pace of the game is different,” Goudelock said. “Also, I’m still getting used to the three seconds in the key. The game is totally different from college, just about every aspect of the game – defensively, offensively, the concepts – everything is different. I kind of knew what to expect, but once you start going through it, it still catches you by surprise. Everything is a learning process.” HoopsWorld

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