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Nets ask waivers on Darius Morris

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Two days before they would have had to pay him his first guaranteed money of the new season, the Nets have waived back-up point guard Darius Morris, who played sparingly, then almost not at all as the season ended. The move comes four days after the Nets acquired Steve Blake from the Trail Blazers. Here's the announcement:

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Darius Morris, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

Morris, who was originally signed as a free agent by the Nets on December 11, 2014, appeared in 38 games with Brooklyn during the 2014-15 season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 assists in 7.9 minutes per game. The 41st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, Morris has appeared in 132 career games (17 starts) with Brooklyn, Memphis, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia and the Lakers, posting averages of 3.3 points and 1.4 assists in 11.1 minutes per game.

Morris played five minutes in the first round of the playoffs vs. the Hawks after playing 28 minutes in all of April and 21 in March. The last time he played more than 10 minutes in a game was on February 23 in a blowout win over Denver. Under terms of his contract, Morris was scheduled to receive a $25,000 payment on July 1, according to Basketball Insiders.