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Monte Morris signs three-year deal with the Denver Nuggets

Feb 9, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) dribbles the ball during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Another former Cyclone has secured the bag.

Monte Morris has agreed to a three-year contract worth $4.8 million with the Denver Nuggets, according to a report from Yahoo’s Shams Charania. The first two years of the contract are guaranteed.

Morris spent last season on a two-way contract with the Nuggets are being taken No. 51 overall in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. He appeared in three games for the NBA club last season averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 assists per game.

He spent the majority of the season with the G-League Rio Grande Vipers and averaged 17.8 points, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals and just 1.9 turnovers per game in 37 appearances, 35 of them being starts.

The Flint, Mich. native is among the most decorated players in Iowa State men’s basketball history, finishing his career as the program’s all-time leader in assists and steals. He finished his career as the Big 12’s all-time leader in minutes played and is third all-time in conference history in assists.

Morris is the second Cyclone to sign a guaranteed NBA deal this summer joining former teammate Georges Niang, who signed a two-year deal with Utah last week. Former teammates Deonte Burton (Oklahoma City) and Naz Mitrou-Long (Utah) have also signed to two-way contracts over the past several weeks.

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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