According to reports, Darius Morris has been working out at the Los Angeles Lakers’ training facility on a regular basis. Morris has been working on his outside shooting, conditioning, and his strength with Tim DiFrancesco, the Lakers strength and conditioning coach.
The 6’4 point guard started 17 of the 48 games he played in this season. In those games, Morris averaged 4 points, 1.6 assists, 1.2 rebounds, and shot 38.8 percent from the field. Morris also started two games in the playoffs and averaged 10.5 points, 3 assists, 1.3 rebounds, and shot 45.7 percent. The boosts in his averages may have come from the fact that Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Steve Blake all missed time in the playoffs, but he stilled showed potential. In Game 3, Morris scored 24 points on 9 of 15 from the floor. That’s not too shabby.
The Lakers have the option to give Darius Morris the qualifying offer of $1.2 million. If they don’t offer him the qualifying offer, he will become an unrestricted free agent. I can see the Lakers offering him the qualifying offer just to make sure they have some young depth on the roster — especially after this past season getting ruined by injuries.