Team Receives Returning Rights to Guard Darius Morris, Draft Rights to Alen Smailagic and Jaleel Cousins
SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors, the G League affiliate of the Back-to-Back NBA champion Golden State Warriors, have completed two separate trades with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and South Bay Lakers, the team announced today.
The Warriors received from the Vipers the returning rights to guard Darius Morris and the rights to Jaleel Cousins, the 49th pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft. In exchange, the Warriors sent Rio Grande Valley the returning rights to guard Jabari Brown, as well as the rights to guards Kentrell Barkley (17th overall selection) and DeAngelo Isby (37th overall selection).
In a separate transaction with the South Bay Lakers, Santa Cruz acquired the rights to Serbian forward Alen Smailagic, who was the fourth overall selection in the 2018 NBA G League Draft. In exchange, the Warriors sent South Bay the rights to forward Jemerrio Jones, the 18th overall pick in today’s draft, as well as the team’s 2019 first round draft selection.
Morris (6’4, 195, Michigan) owns four years of NBA experience with the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets, with career averages of 3.2 points, 1.4 assists and 0.9 rebounds in 132 career games. Morris, 27, joins Santa Cruz after spending the last three NBA G League seasons with the Vipers, with averages of 19.0 points, 7.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds in three games in 2017-18.
Cousins (6’11, 255, South Florida), joins the Santa Cruz Warriors most recently from the New Orleans Pelicans 2018 Summer League Team, averaging 3.5 points on 50.0 shooting from the field (6-of-12 FG) and 3.0 rebounds in four games (1 start). Cousins appeared in 31 NBA G League games during the 2016-17 season, averaging 5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks for the Reno Bighorns and Texas Legends.
Smailagic (6’10, 215, Serbia) is an 18-year-old forward from Belgrade, Serbia who most recently played for KK Beko in the U19 Roda JLS, scoring 21.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 17.6 minutes across 19 games to win league MVP. Born on August 18, 2000, Smailagic would be the youngest player in Santa Cruz Warriors roster history and the first player born in 2000 to suit up in the NBA G League.
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