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July 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
More pressing matters await during free agency. Will the Lakers hit a "home run" as General Manager Mitch Kupchak hopes? Can the Lakers sign a legitimate free agent despite having only a mini mid-level exception ($3 million) and trade exception ($8.9 million) at their disposal? Do the Lakers now have an opening with Dwight Howard, considering that the Nets have a deal in place to acquire Atlanta forward Joe Johnson? Still, the Lakers took care of at least one bit of free agency that could help their long-term future.
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January 26, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers are back to making roster moves. After the second of Darius Morris' 10-day contracts expired following the game against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, the Clippers decided not to sign the point guard for the rest of the season. Morris is a free agent and can sign with any team he desires. That now leaves the Clippers with a 14-man roster, clearing room for them to sign another player if they so choose. Morris played in 22 games for the Clippers during his short stay with the team.
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May 23, 2012
The crux of Darius Morris' exit interview with Mike Brown and Mitch Kupchak centered around the NBA Summer League. That's because the Lakers want to see a few things. They want to see how much growth he experiences this off-season. They want to see if Morris in an elevated role will give them a better idea as to whether they should consider him in the team's future. 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.
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January 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Clippers point guard Darren Collison said that if resting was a realistic option, he "probably would have sat out [some] games" rather than continue to play with a painful sprain of his left big toe. But Collison is the starter because All-Star point guard Chris Paul is sidelined by a right shoulder separation, an injury that will keep him out another four weeks. And backup point guard Darius Morris is working on his second 10-day contract, which expires Saturday.
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June 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 15th in a series of posts grading the Lakers on the 2011-12 season. Player: Darius Morris, Lakers guard How he performed: 2.4 points on 42.9% shooting and 44.4% shooting from three-point range, 1.1 assists and one turnover in 8.9 minutes per game in the regular season; 2.5 points, .8 assists and .2 turnovers game in two minutes per game in the post-season. The good: Even with playing on a veteran-laden team, Morris never lacked for confidence.
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September 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Staring at an attentive audience, Lakers guard Darius Morris shared some insights and advice based on his journey. Morris had just set foot at Lafayette Park over the weekend where the Lakers and Time Warner Cable Sportsnet hosted a basketball clinic for about 75 children from Heart of L.A. , which provides after-school programs for disadvantaged youth. So Morris brought up his childhood in Los Angeles dreaming about playing for the hometown Lakers. He stressed how anyone can reach their goal through hard work.
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March 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers have categorized Darius Morris's injured left wrist that he suffered in a D-Fenders game on Saturday as "bruised," and are listing him as day to day. Morris attended the D-Fenders' game Monday against Idaho and participated in warmups. But he remained on the bench while wearing a brace to support his wrist. Morris was then examined Tuesday by Dr. Stevan Shin of the Kerlan Jobe-Orthopedic Clinic. After averaging 2.7 points and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes through 13 games with the Lakers, Morris posted 21 points on 43% shooting and four assists in 28 minutes in the D-Fenders ' 99-98 win Saturday over the Dakota Wizards . D-Fenders Coach Eric Musselman said he remained impressed with Morris' playmaking abilities and his positive attitude but noted that he's still learning the team's plays and catching up on his conditioning.
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October 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he headed toward his truck barefoot in a Manhattan Beach parking lot, Lakers guard Steve Blake turned his head. Somebody called his name and Blake looked up. At that instant, Blake stepped on a spike strip that left a puncture in his left foot, an incident he described as an "unfortunate situation. " "When you step on something like that, it's pretty painful," Blake said. "All the blood made me realize something was wrong. It's unfortunate. You move past it and go from there.
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March 5, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 10th post in a series awarding midseason grades to some of the Lakers . This focuses on the rookies. Player: Darius Morris How he did: 2.7 points on 52% in 10.3 minutes through 13 games. Good: Even with his limited playing time, Morris shows potential with his play-making abilities and athleticism. He hasn't let his limited role detract him from working hard. Morris routinely stays after practice to work on shots and often arrives early for pregame warmups.
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March 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers may not have acquired Net guards Deron Williams before the trade deadline as they had hoped, but they still managed to significantly improve their backcourt. The Lakers acquired Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2012 first-round pick. The Lakers also traded Luke Walton and backup shooting guard Jason Kapono for forward Christian Ayenga, who played in just six games and spent time in the Development League. The front office deserves kudos for addressing the team's point guard needs without compromising its core roster of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
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January 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The math is simple for Doc Rivers: Seven games in seven cities means he'll have to pack seven suits. The Clippers' coach gave up on mixing and matching outfits on long trips awhile back. "I tried that once," Rivers said, "and I thought I had black pants and the jacket was black and I almost got away with it and a player on another team noticed it. " The Clippers will also have to tote an extra set of uniforms after signing free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu as expected Thursday, giving them a different look on a lengthy trip that starts Friday against the New York Knicks.
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January 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Doc Rivers interrupted a reporter when the name Hedo Turkoglu came up. "How do you pronounce his name?" the Clippers' coach asked. "Because I need to get used to that. " For the record, it's HEE-doh TURK-ah-lou. Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler could be saying it a lot after Rivers acknowledged Wednesday evening that the team anticipated signing the free-agent forward once he completed a physical. Rivers said Turkoglu could join the Clippers by the time they open a seven-game, 11-day trip Friday against the New York Knicks.
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January 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers went winless during Week 11, continuing a slide that has grown to 10 losses in 11 games. The week began with a 110-97 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. Before the game, the Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams, reducing the roster to 14 players .  The contracts of Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry and Kendall Marshall were guaranteed for the rest of the season. Williams earned $475,334 during his stint with the team. The following night, the Lakers fell in Houston to the Rockets, 113-99 . Injuries have decimated the franchise, leading to a not-so-merry-go-round in the Lakers' starting lineup.
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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams on Tuesday. Had Williams lasted the day on the roster, his nonguaranteed contract would have locked in for the remainder of the season. The Lakers kept Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly and Xavier Henry -- all players initially signed to nonguaranteed contracts as well. Williams, a favorite of Coach Mike D'Antoni, averaging 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 32 appearances.  He started 11 of the Lakers' 34 games, including opening night in a win over the Clippers.
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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Clippers signed former Lakers point guard Darius Morris on Monday night, barely an hour before their 101-81 victory over the Orlando Magic. Morris played just under eight minutes, scoring a single point with a rebound and assist.  He missed all three of his shot attempts and split a pair of free throws. The Clippers needed to add a point guard after Chris Paul went down with a separated shoulder, knocking him out for six weeks. On a 10-day contract, Morris needs to quickly make an impression.
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January 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It took Chris Paul two days to finally get out of his funk after he learned he had a Grade 3 AC joint separation of his right shoulder that will sideline him up to six weeks. Paul was injured Friday night in Dallas but doesn't need surgery. The Clippers All-Star point guard learned that the AC joint separation is an injury to the area connecting the collarbone with the front part of the shoulder blade, and a Grade 3 is considered the worst of the three grades.
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September 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Laker fans haven't just scratched their heads wondering if Steve Blake will ever become that consistent three-point shooter the Purple & Gold hoped he'd become. Through two seasons with the Lakers, Blake has experienced several odd mishaps that left him sidelined. Blake sat out for a week, including the first game of the 2011 NBA playoffs, when he suddenly contracted chicken pox from an unknown source. Last season, Blake also missed 13 games because of a rib injury that worsened after making an awkward twist during a regular-season contest.
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September 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Before training camp even begins, the Lakers have injuries to monitor. Of course, there's Dwight Howard's ongoing back surgery and whether he will suit up for the regular-season opener Oct. 30 against the Dallas Mavericks. But there's also the bizarre case of Lakers guard Steve Blake, who the team said suffered a puncture wound in his left foot after stepping on a parking lot spike strip. The Lakers don't expect either to be long-term injuries. Howard may miss a handful of games.
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December 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The team survived the first 19 games of the season without Kobe Bryant, winning 10 while waiting for their All-Star guard to return from Achilles' tendon surgery. Now Bryant is down with a knee injury that will knock him out for six more weeks . Not only is Bryant out but so is Steve Blake (elbow, five weeks), Steve Nash (back, at least a month) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring,  another week). The Lakers will start Xavier Henry at the point in the meantime, backing him up by committee with Jodie Meeks and Nick Young.
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