Sec­ond-round pick Mor­ris has two-way deal

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Ben­jamin Arthur

The Den­ver Post

The Nuggets signed rookie guard Monte Mor­ris to a two-way con­tract, pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions Tim Con­nelly an­nounced Fri­day.

Mor­ris, who was the 51st over­all pick in the NBA draft last month, av­er­aged a team-high 4.3 as­sists per game for Den­ver as well as 9.5 points and 1.3 steals in the Las Ve­gas sum­mer league.

Mor­ris built a rep­u­ta­tion for his abil­ity to pro­tect the ball in four years at Iowa State. The for­mer Cy­clones star had a ca­reer as­sist-to-turnover ra­tio of 4.65, the best in NCAA his­tory. He was an all-Big 12 Con­fer­ence first-team selec­tion as a se­nior, av­er­ag­ing 16.4 points, 6.2 as­sists and 4.8 re­bounds. He was an all-Big 12 sec­ond-team selec­tion as a sopho­more and as a ju­nior.

With the sign­ing of Mor­ris, the Nuggets have used both of their “two-way” player slots. Tor­rey Craig, an­other stand­out on the Nuggets’ sum­mer league team, signed their first two-way deal July 19.

A two-way con­tract means Mor­ris will spend time with the Nuggets and in the G-League.

The con­tract re­stricts a player from spend­ing more than 45 days with his NBA team.

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