Philadelphia 76ers waive former Wizard Eric Maynor after eight games

Philadelphia 76ers' Eric Maynor in action during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
This ain’t for me. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Wizards quickly realized the mistake in rushing to obtain backup point guard Eric Maynor with a two-year deal – including a player option on the second year – last July on the first day of the free agent negotiating period. Maynor was out of Coach Randy Wittman’s rotation six weeks into the regular season and shipped off to the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 20 as part of a three-team trade that landed veteran point guard Andre Miller from Denver.

After eight games with the 76ers, Maynor is now out of the league.

Philadelphia waived Maynor on Sunday to create a roster spot that it used to sign James Nunnally to a 10-day contract. Maynor will still receive the $2.1 million he is owed next season and plans to explore other opportunities in the summer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

According to the source, Maynor pushed for the move rather than finish the season with a team that is in rebuilding mode and has a roster filled with several borderline NBA players. The 76ers (15-51) have lost 20 games in a row, including the past 11  since Maynor joined the team.

Maynor averaged 3.8 points and 1.5 assists, 1.5 turnovers and shot 37.9 percent in a disappointing stint with the 76ers. He matched his season high with 13 points on March 1 in a 122-103 loss to the Wizards but scored three more points in his next five appearances. The 76ers didn’t use Maynor in their past two games against Memphis and Indiana.

A former standout at Virginia Commonwealth, Maynor had some decent seasons as a backup in Oklahoma City before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in January 2012. He returned to action last season but lost his spot in the Thunder rotation before he was traded to Portland.

After a solid finish with the Trail Blazers, Maynor signed with the Wizards and hoped that he would continue to have success in his role as backup to talented point guards. He had previously done in Utah with Deron Williams, Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook and Portland with Damian Lillard. But after struggling to back up John Wall in Washington, Maynor also failed to assist rookie of the year favorite Michael Carter-Williams in Philadelphia.

Maynor averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 assists in 23 games with the Wizards.

The 76ers also received a pair of second-round picks in the deal last month with Washington and Denver. Philadelphia currently has nine former NBA Developmental league players on its 15-man roster, including Nunnally, who averaged 18.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 35 games this season for the D-League’s Texas Legends.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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