Morris appeared in only three NBA games as a rookie last season, but he's drawn positive reviews throughout the offseason and is expected to be the Nuggets' backup point guard to begin the season. He'll eventually face stiff competition from Isaiah Thomas (ankle), but for the time being, Morris appears to be locked in to regular minutes behind Jamal Murray. However, Morris is unlikely to see enough run to be a fantasy consideration in most formats.
Morris finished with 14 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six assists, two steals, and one rebound in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 109-103 preseason loss to the Clippers.
Morris once again flashed his upside Tuesday, scoring 14 points in 24 minutes to go with a team-high six assists. The acquisition of Isaiah Thomas in the off-season really put a dampener on the potential of Morris for this season but he appears to be unfazed. Thomas' return to the lineup still remains an open-ended question and Morris should have an opportunity to begin the season as the primary backup to Jamal Murray. He will offer little fantasy value out of the gates but is worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats to see how everything pans out.
Morris delivered 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 113-111 preseason victory over the Lakers.
Morris moved into the starting lineup, replacing Jamal Murray (ankle) who was a late withdrawal. That makes two nice outings for Morris as he pushes for a regular spot in the rotation come opening night. Isaiah Thomas is still yet to make his debut for the Nuggets and will likely move into the primary backup role once fully healthy. Morris, however, has certainly increased hi stocks over the first two games of the preseason and given Thomas's injury history, could be in line for a bigger role somewhere down the track.
Morris will start at point guard during Tuesday's game against the Lakers, as Jamal Murray was a late scratch with an ankle injury, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Murray's absence is reportedly precautionary. Morris posted 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes during the Nuggets' preseason opener.
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.
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