The Philadelphia 76ers and general manager Sam Hinkie continued their trend of low risk, high reward options by inking Darius Morris to a partially guaranteed contract.
The exact terms of the contract have not been disclosed, but according to reports, Morris will more than likely make the team out of training camp and play extensive minutes this season. This is another smart move with an eye towards the long term goals by Sam Hinkie. Along with Tony Wroten, Morris will compete for backup minutes in the backcourt and is someone that still has a lot to prove after receiving minimal playing time in his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Morris showed flashes in the postseason while filling in for the injured Kobe Bryant, among others. In game three against the San Antonio Spurs Morris poured in 24 points and six assists. He has potential, and he is the perfect fit for the Sixers because he won’t help them win games. He could turn into a valuable piece that the Sixers could use, and if not they can let him go at the end of the year. The most important thing is that he won’t give the team a financial burden and ruin their chance to be big spenders in next year’s free agency period.
Morris only sports a career average of 3.6 points on 40 percent shooting. While this won’t make Sixers fans jump for joy the theme I will continue to stress throughout the course of the season will be “big picture.” This move, along with every one that Hinkie has made so far, has been carefully calculated so not to damage the future of the franchise. Hinkie is filling the roster with young players that have cast off, hoping they will become something with consistent playing time.