Sixers Sign Darius Morris, Who Woj Says Could Be Around for a Little

Sixers Sign Darius Morris, Who Woj Says Could Be Around for a Little

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.

Previously:
>>How Sam Hinkie can blow up the Sixers next summer

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.