Morris, who signed a two-way contract in 2017, agreed to a standard deal Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. The terms are for three years, $4.8 million with the first two seasons guaranteed.
The 51st overall pick in 2017, Morris spent most of last year in the G-League. There, he averaged 17.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 34.7 minutes. He also recently played four games on Denver's summer league squad, where he averaged 17.5 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Morris' quality play over the past year has been enough to persuade the Nuggets' brass into extending him a standard deal. That said, he'll likely have trouble finding run behind Jamal Murray and Isaiah Thomas.
Morris produced 21 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists and two rebounds across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 85-77 loss to the Raptors in the first round of the Vegas Summer League playoffs.
The second-round draft pick from 2017 is definitely making a case for time in the big leagues during this summer session. Granted, he will be stuck behind Jamal Murray on the depth chart, but it's likely the Nuggets will anoint him as his backup this season in lieu of Devin Harris.
Morris finished with 20 points (8-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes during Monday's 90-83 summer league victory over the Bucks.
Morris continues to push his claims as the regular backup to Jamal Murray with another strong performance Monday. He has now scored in double-figures in all three summer league encounters whilst also demonstrating his ability to facilitate the offense with some nice assist numbers. His main rival is Devin Harris who, although himself being a seasoned veteran, offers little upside outside of scoring.
Morris managed 15 points (7-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four assists, two rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes during the Nuggets' 70-69 win over the Timberwolves in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Friday.
Morris' scoring total paced the Nuggets on the night, and his 46.7 percent success rate from the field was second only to Tyler Lydon's on the starting five. The 2017 second-round pick will try to make an impression this summer after seeing only three games of regular-season action during his rookie campaign.
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