Mike Conley is out at least a week with a sprained ankle, and the Memphis Grizzlies already traded their backup point guard, Jerryd Bayless, to the Boston Celtics.
Nick Calathes will start in Conley’s place, but the rookie is more of a shooting guard. The Grizzlies clearly need help at point guard if they want to remain hot and in playoff position.
Enter Darius Morris.
Morris is an NBA-caliber player.
No team wants to keep him, but the league just can’t shake him.
The Lakers, despite stocking their roster with low-paid castoffs, let him walk this summer after two years with LA. The 76ers game him a contract, but waived him in November. The Clippers signed him to a couple 10-day deals, but once those expired, they declined to keep him through the end of the season.
Now, the Grizzlies will become Morris’ fourth team in the last calendar year. And due to Conley’s injury, they’ll almost certainly make him part of their rotation.
There’s a decent chance Morris will be seeking his fifth team once Conley returns, but in the meantime, he should give Memphis exactly what its seeking – a viable backup point guard who will keep the offense and defense from looking totally lost without the steady Conley.