Grizzlies coach earns award, gets new player

Memphis, TN-The NBA today announced Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger as the Western Conference Coach of the Month for January.  This marks the first career Coach of the Month honor for Coach Joerger.

Coach Joerger, who is the youngest coach to win the Western Conference Coach of the Month award since Monty Williams in January, 2011, guided Memphis to an NBA-best 12-3 record (.800) during the month of January, as the Grizzlies won five consecutive games and nine of its last 10 to close out the month.  Memphis tied its franchise record for January wins and finished just one victory shy of the franchise record for wins in any month (13 in March 2004 and April 2012).

The Grizzlies signed guard Darius Morris to a 10-day contract on Monday.

Morris (6-4, 190) has averaged 4.2 points and 1.6 assists on .413 shooting in 11.2 minutes in 22 games with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers this season. The 23-year-old posted 6.9 points and 2.6 assists in 16.1 minutes in 12 games for Philadelphia before he was waived on Nov. 20.  He then signed the first of two 10-day contracts with Los Angeles on Jan. 6 and made 10 appearances during his stint with the Clippers.

The three-year veteran holds career averages of 3.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 12.3 minutes in 89 games (17 starts) with the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers.  He owns postseason averages of 6.5 points and 1.9 assists in 14.1 minutes in eight games (two starts) with the Lakers and averaged 10.5 points and 3.0 assists in 26.3 minutes in four games during the 2013 Playoffs.

Morris also owns NBA Development League averages of 17.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 32.7 minutes in three games (two starts) for the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

A native of Los Angeles, Morris was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (41st overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.  He earned All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore at the University of Michigan and averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists in two seasons with the Wolverines.  He set the single-season school assist record (236) as a sophomore, which was broken by current Utah Jazz rookie guard Trey Burke last season.

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