Eric Maynor regroups after release from Sixers

Eric Maynor regroups after release from Sixers
March 21, 2014, 11:30 am
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Eric Maynor's stay with the Wizards lasted four months until he was traded Feb. 20 to the Philadelphia 76ers. There, he was gone after eight games. Maynor, released earlier this week per a report from CSN Philly's Dei Lynam, will be a free agent this summer as he tries to correct himself and play his way back into the NBA. 

The 76ers made the deal to acquire two second-round draft picks, one each from the Wizards and Denver Nuggets in the three-team trade, and will have to pay Maynor his $2.1 million option for 2014-15 but opened a roster spot to evaluate young talent. Maynor, who wanted out of Philadelphia, was granted his freedom. The Wizards got Andre Miller out of the deal from the Nuggets, who wanted to get rid of him, and unloaded Jan Vesely.

Maynor averaged 3.8 points per game in 14 minutes for Philadelphia, which is rebuilding and quickly signed James Nunnally to a 10-day deal from the D-League. Maynor was awful with Washington, which was a surprise considering how well he played in relief of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and behind Damian Lillard with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

While Maynor wasn't the first choice for the Wizards, he was the first of four players to accept the offer on the table -- the first year guaranteed at the mini-mid-level of $2 million and a player option for $2.1 million the following season. Contrary to popular belief, Nate Robinson, who signed with the Nuggets as an unrestricted free agent last summer, was not an option for the Wizards. 

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With a limited amount of money under the salary cap that they could offer a backup, the Wizards took the bird in hand with Maynor. They couldn't wait while the others perused the market and talked to other teams because they likely would've been left with nothing. Going into the season, that was not an option. 

Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin, told CSN Washington before the free-agent signing process opened in July that the Wizards were not on Robinson's shortlist of destinations. 

Maynor was expected to be a change-of-pace option for the Wizards behind John Wall but coach Randy Wittman chose to give those minutes to Garrett Temple, a two-guard playing out of position but a good ball-handler, instead. 

Now that they have Miller, Temple has shifted back to his original role and playing spot duty at point guard behind Miller as the third option. 

Despite being a 2009 first-round draft pick, Maynor likely will have to play himself back into the NBA the hard way and earn a roster spot through training camp.