Ex-Michigan guard Darius Morris close to Nike sponsorship, may spend lockout time in Mexico City
Former Michigan basketball point guard Darius Morris is among a group of NBA rookies yet to receive a paycheck because of the league's nearly fourth-month-long lockout.
But, apparently, Morris is doing an admirable job stretching his dollars.
According to a Los Angeles Times story, Morris, who was a second-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft, is on the verge of signing a sponsorship deal with Nike to tide him over until the lockout ends.
In addition, Morris said he is considering taking part in an exhibition tour in Mexico City, a trip that would allow him and other NBA players to teach basketball to children.
Morris explained to the paper that rather than indulging in a high-expense lifestyle, he has no qualms living modestly, explaining that his days on a tight dorm-room budget at Michigan have helped him through the early stages of the NBA's work stoppage.
"At this stage in my career, I'm trying to save all that I get," Morris said.
Morris opted not to return to Michigan following the 2010-11 campaign. As a sophomore last season, Morris broke the school's single-season assist record.