The Sixers on Thursday continued to fill out what was once an almost non-existent backcourt with the signing of third-year guard Darius Morris.
Via Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Morris, 22, will sign a partially guaranteed contract for the 2013-14 season, but is expected to make the 76ers' roster and play meaningful backcourt minutes this season.
ProBasketballTalk writes that the deal is actually for two years, but since it's not guaranteed, it also kind of isn't for two years.
PBT also offers this nice little summary of Morris' last season in L.A.:
Darius Morris couldn’t crack Mike D’Antoni’s tight rotation last season with the Lakers. He played sparingly until injuries in the playoffs forced D’Antoni’s hand and Morris started Game 3 against the Spurs in the first round. Morris put up 24 points (on just 15 shots) and had six assists, but he got torched at the other end of the floor and was a -28 in the Lakers 31-point blowout loss.
Some quick housekeeping notes on the roster, the Sixers' backcourt now consists of Morris, Michael Carter-Wiliams, Tony Wroten, James Anderson and Jason Richardson, who is expected to miss at least a substantial part of the season, if not the whole thing.
With camp coming up, the Sixers now have 14 guys under contract (number includes the still-technically-unsigned Noel and Carter-Wiliams). Three guys -- Morris, Anderson and Tim Olbrecht -- are not guaranteed.
That list of 14 does not include foreign draft picks 2013 second-round selection Arsalan Kazemi or Furkan Aldemir, acquired from the Rockets along with Royce White.
The Inqy's Keith Pompey reported a few weeks back that GM Sam Hinkie "said he will make roster moves 'in a lot of ways' in the weeks leading up next month's training camp" and that he would like to have the maximum number of guys (20) in camp. Pompey then speculated that former Temple Owl Khalif Wyatt, who impressed in summer league, could receive one of the extra invitations.
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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier's criminal conviction means he is barred from pursuing defamation claims against former FBI director Louis Freeh, a judge ruled on Wednesday.
Spanier, who said Freeh made false statements about him in a scathing 2012 report on Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, was convicted in March of covering up a 2001 abuse allegation against the retired assistant football coach.
Citing Spanier's conviction, Freeh's lawyers argued the defamation suit should be dismissed. Senior Judge Robert Eby said in his ruling that lawyers for both sides agreed Spanier's conviction on a child endangerment count barred him from pursuing his civil claims.
Freeh, in a statement issued by his lawyer, said he was "not surprised that this frivolous and malicious claim has finally been dismissed."
Freeh concluded in his report for Penn State's board of trustees that Spanier, two other administrators and late football coach Joe Paterno concealed abuse allegations against Sandusky for more than a decade out of a desire to avoid bad publicity for the university.
Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to child endangerment and were sentenced to jail.
Spanier faces two months in jail but is free on bail while he appeals. He said in a statement Wednesday that he's confident he will win his appeal and will be able to resume his defamation case against Freeh.
Sandusky was found guilty in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison. He has maintained his innocence.
Penn State has paid out nearly a quarter-billion dollars in fines, settlements and other costs associated with the sex abuse scandal, and the football program suffered heavy NCAA sanctions. More than 100 of Paterno's victories were briefly erased from the record books.
Paterno's family and supporters hotly dispute Freeh's findings.