Los Angeles Lakers’ Darius Morris hits the jackpot

By David Charnley
Darius Morris.Los Angeles Lakers
Jayne Kamin Oncea-US Presswire

A well worked gamble from Los Angeles Lakers reserve point guard Darius Morris has been rewarded with a more lucrative deal and he has had more play time recently.

The action part is due to the fact that Steve Nash and Steve Blake have both been out injured allowing the reserve to come into the roster and so far perform well.

The point guard was a second round pick and was drafted 41st by the Lakers. His decision to see into the future might be one in which after his NBA career is over, work as an agent might be in the offing.

Morris took a small financial risk as he only signed a one year deal hoping to impress to be signed for the second, which luckily enough for him his desires came true. This season he has signed a contract believed to be around $950,000 doubling what he earned last season.

“It’s kind of bold, especially for a second-round pick,” Morris said of his contract gamble.

“You just have to have faith and believe everything’s going to work out for you as long as you work hard.”

During the 119-108 victory against the Houston Rockets, Morris recorded a career high of 12 points and dished out five assists.

“I just needed to get some reps. It’s unfortunate that both of our point guards go down, but it has enabled me to get some valuable minutes,” Morris added.

“Just watching Nash while growing up, Mike D’Antoni’s offense definitely opens the floor a lot. It enables the point guard to make decisions, make plays. Being a pick-and-roll guy all my life, it kind of fits my game well.”

Morris seems to be well suited to the D’Antoni’s style of play with his direct high tempo game. D’Antoni likes his energy and said,

“I think he’s getting better, we’ve got to keep slowing him down and showing him film.”

The 21-year-old will become a free agent in July and would love to stay in Los Angeles.

“I would love to stay in L.A.

“I have a lot of friendships out here. There’s no better place, but after the year is over, we’ll see what happens.”

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