Lakers Re-Sign Darius Morris To Qualifying Offer

July 2 2012 at 2:21pm CST By Luke Adams

The Lakers have re-signed Darius Morris to his qualifying offer, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). The deal will pay him about $962K for 2012/13. Because Morris accepted the one-year offer, he'll be a free agent again next summer.

Morris, 21, saw limited time on the court for the Lakers in 2011/12, averaging under nine minutes in his 19 games. After the Lakers' season ended, he talked about potentially signing somewhere he could earn more playing time, but his decision suggests he's confident that playing time will present itself in Los Angeles.

"I love it here in L.A.," Morris said in May. "But being a young player, it's really important to be somewhere you feel you have an opportunity to play and get to grow on the court most importantly… We'll see what happens."

Players are allowed to accept qualifying offers during the July moratorium, so Morris' deal with the Lakers can be finalized immediately, rather than being delayed until July 11th.

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