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The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed guard Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract. Wayns, 22, was previously on the Clippers roster this season and was waived by the team on Jan. 6. Wayns did not appear in a game this season, missing the first 33 games of the season due to a torn left meniscus. The former Villanova stand-out appeared in six games with the Clippers last season and averaged 3.3 points and 1.2 assists. Overall, Wayns has played in 27 career NBA games with the Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers.
L.A. Clippers – Maalik Wayns and Stephen Jackson: Wayns’s contract was due to be guaranteed on December 1st, but the date was seemingly revised after Wayns’s injury that has caused him to miss the whole season to date (players on unguaranteed contracts that are hurt in the course of team related activities are paid until they are healthy again). Healthy again, Wayns now seems unlikely to make the cut, in light of the Clipper’s luxury tax position. The same position factors into the decision on Jackson, and his worryingly poor play since his midseason call-up compounds the problem.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed guard Maalik Wayns for the remainder of the season. Wayns has appeared in three games for the Clippers averaging 3.7 points, 2.3 assists and 9.3 minutes per game. Wayns, who was the 23rd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2012-13 season, averaged 12.4 points and 3.0 assists in nine games (three starts) for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League this season.
General manager Bob Myers said he had cordial talks with Jackson daily about who might fit and reiterated that it didn’t make any sense to bring in a player to sit on the bench. There was some talk about guards Maalik Wayns and Chris Douglas-Roberts, forwards Josh Childress, Dominic McGuire and Chris Wright and center Mickell Gladness. But the Warriors agreed that Thomas was the right guy, because he’s a defense-first wing who is athletic enough to finish in transition – some of the very attributes the Warriors lost when Brandon Rush tore his anterior cruciate ligment in the season’s second game.
The 76ers released former Roman Catholic and Villanova star Maalik Wayns on Sunday. The move coincided with the 76ers recalling rookie forward Arnett Moultrie from their NBA Developmental League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Sixers roster stands at 13. Moultrie (6-10, 245) was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Miami. He was traded to Philadelphia on draft night in exchange for the draft rights to Justin Hamilton (45th overall pick) and a protected future first round pick.
“I’m happy with Maalik. He battled through some DNPs, which is not all bad, because we put his feet to the fire a little bit and said, ‘How bad do you want to get out there and play?’ He showed he really wants to be out there and play, and we have a lot of belief and a lot of trust in him.” And now Wayns appears to have more trust in himself as a professional player. “It makes you anxious to get that opportunity,” Wayns said of his riding the pine. “When you get that next opportunity, you want to make the most out of it. That’s what I’m trying to do. My last two games, I just tried to make the most of the opportunity I was given. I just have a big heart. I’m going to go in there, throw around my body into guys that are three times bigger than me and guard guys who are bigger than me, rebound. I just have no fear.”
Tuesday, Wayns played a season-high 13 minutes and finished with 10 points. He has the ability to quicken the pace of the game and offers Collins many options – mainly to give Holiday some much needed rest, but also to pair the two when double-teams are hounding Holiday. While his 6-1 frame and quickness hint at a point guard’s makeup, Wayns isn’t the typical backcourt quarterback. “They can both get their own shot, which I think is important,” Collins said of pairing Wayns and Holiday. “One of the things we’re missing is, last year, Lou [Williams] could get his shot any time he wanted to and Dre [Iguodala] could create a shot, and then [we had] Jrue and Evan [Turner], so we had four guys. Sometimes you can’t just run a play. Sometimes, you have to get the ball in a place for a guy then to make a play for himself. [Wayns] got eight shots up [against Dallas] in about 13 minutes, and the other day [against Phoenix], he got seven shots up in 7 minutes, so he knows that I don’t care if he shoots the ball, which is great. His defense on the ball is going to get better.
Maalik Wayns is well aware of the various projections. For what they’re worth, most NBA mock drafts have the former Villanova point guard going somewhere in the bottom half of the second round on June 28. If they have him getting taken at all. He doesn’t care. Nor should he. Because it only takes one team. And then it’s going to be up to him to make something happen. “I look at a couple of people they have [rated] in front of me, and I feel as though I’m as good or better than them,” said the Roman Catholic product, who left college a year early to pursue his lifelong dream. “I use that as motivation. I can only control what I can control. There’s 30 teams. It’s all about getting that one to fall in love with you.”
The NBA released the official list of 60 players invited to attend the 2012 NBA Draft combine on June 7-8 in Chicago. The event includes skill drills, scrimmages, athletic and psychological testing and interviews with players projected to be in the draft lottery. The order for the lottery is scheduled to be determined May 30. All six Kentucky players who entered the draft will attend. Among players not on the list is Wisconsin All-American point guard Jordan Taylor. Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre, Villanova’s Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek were also not on the initial NBA list of invites: Quincy Acy, Baylor. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina.
Coming off a tough season in which it missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years, having its top two scorers leave was the last thing Villanova needed. Maalik Wayns made his NBA intentions known last month, and now it seems Dominic Cheek will follow to the draft. “I appreciate all the help I have gotten from my teammates, coaches and friends during my time at Villanova,” Cheek said in a release. “At this point in my life, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family. I am excited to get started with the process of pursuing my dream of playing in the NBA.”
Maalik Wayns, as most figured all along, has made it official. The junior lead guard from Roman Catholic High will not be coming back for his final season of eligibility. Instead, he will keep his name in the NBA draft. “We’ve been hearing all the rumors, so there was no reason to wait any longer,” said Wayns, a second-team All-Big East selection and the leading scorer (averaging more than 17 points a game) on a team that finished 13-19. “The best thing was to get it out. “It’s kind of a relief. Now it’s just all about work, trying to make my lifelong dream a reality. No more wavering back and forth.”