Ex-Michigan basketball guard Darius Morris re-signs with the Lakers, Cavaliers waive Manny Harris
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
The Los Angeles Lakers offered former Wolverine Darius Morris a qualifying offer over the weekend, and per Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Morris has accepted -- signing a one-year deal to remain with the team for next season.
Former Wolverine Manny Harris, meanwhile, was officially released by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday -- ending a two-year stint with the club.
According to Yahoo!'s report, Morris will be paid $962,000 by the Lakers for next season.
During a season-ending interview with the Los Angeles media in May, Morris expressed his desire to remain in Los Angeles, but also seemed guarded about his future -- saying he definitely had a desire to play more than he did during his rookie season.
"I love it here in L.A.," Morris said at the time. "But being a young player, it's really important to be somewhere you feel you have an opportunity to play and get to grow on the court, most importantly.
"We'll see what happens."
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His first NBA season wasn't exactly ideal, as he appeared in just 19 games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.1 assists in 8.9 minutes per game.
Morris found himself in a bit of a point guard logjam in Los Angeles last year, beginning the year behind veterans Derek Fisher and Steve Blake, and eventually ending it behind newly acquired lead guard Ramon Sessions.
Morris also saw less action than fellow rookie guard Andrew Goudelock, who was also chosen by Los Angeles in the second round of the 2011 draft.
Harris, meanwhile, appeared in 80 games with Cleveland over a two-year span. Last season, the 6-foot-5 Harris got off to a rocky start after suffering a severe freezer burn on his foot in the preseason -- which eventually led to his release.
Harris was eventually brought back by the Cavs, and finished the season with the club -- averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 26 appearances.
During last week's 2012 NBA draft, the Cavaliers chose ex-Syracuse shooting guard Dion Waiters at No. 4 overall, a move that would have likely cut into Harris' minutes even more.
The Detroit native opted to leave Michigan after his junior season (2009-10). During his three-year career, Harris averaged 17 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He finished his career at No. 10 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,668 points.
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