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Report: Jaylen Morris signs two-year deal with Hawks

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Morris showed enough before his injury to nail down a deal that could keep him with the team next season.

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UPDATE: The Hawks have officially announced the signing.


Per a report from the AJC’s Michael Cunningham, Jaylen Morris and the Atlanta Hawks have put ink to paper on a deal to keep Morris with the team past his second 10-day contract:

Morris hasn’t played since March 11, when he suffered an ankle sprain against the Chicago Bulls that may well keep him out for the rest of the season. By signing him to a multi-year deal, the Hawks will retain his services over the summer and through training camp, where they can get a much better look at him.

Morris was due to become a free agent by the end of the day on Wednesday, but the team was happy enough with what he produced during his two 10-day contracts that they will sign him for the rest of the season with what is presumably a non-guaranteed second year in 2018-19. The term “multi-year deal” is technically true, though it can’t be longer than a two-year deal by the NBA’s salary cap rules, since the Hawks are over the cap and only have either the minimum or part of their room exception to give to Morris. Either way, the maximum length is two years. Even though Atlanta’s 2017-18 season is about to close, it still counts as an entire year on this contract.