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Lakers free-agent guard to join Philadelphia 76ers

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Los Angeles Lakers free-agent Darius Morris is finalising a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 22-year-old point guard turned down a spot on the Lakers Summer League team this year to look for a more permanent role with a team, and will sign a partially guaranteed contract for the 2013-14 with the Sixers. 

He is expected to make the 76ers' roster and play meaningful backcourt minutes this season.

The Lakers' second round draft pick in 2011 played only a small role for the LA team last season.

However, injuries to other key players including Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash gave him an opportunity to impress in Game 3 in the first round of the playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs, when he scored 24 points with six assists in a starting role.

The 6ft 4in LA-born player averaged four points and 1.6 assists in 14.2 minutes per game last season, and shot 36.4% from three-point distance in 2012. That was down from 44% in 2011. 

Morris will be competing with two other off-season additions in Philadelphia; first-round draft pick Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse and Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Sixers will open their regular season on October 30th against the defending NBA Champions - Miami Heat.

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