We’re just weeks into the NBA free-agency period and the Washington Wizards have already acquired the pieces they wanted to get during this off-season.
Retaining Martell Webster was undoubtedly Washington’s first priority, but acquiring a backup point guard to help stabilize the floor was also one of their main goals.
Eric Maynor was apparently atop the Wizards list for backup point guards they were going to pursue this off-season, and they didn’t waste any time in snagging the guy they wanted. In merely two days, the Wizards had agreed to terms with Eric Maynor, locking him up for two years, with the second year being a player option.
Maynor has been in very unique situations over the past few seasons, especially since he’s coming off an ACL injury, which could’ve contributed to his time ending with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coming out of VCU, Maynor was always billed as a solid backup, playing behind the likes of Deron Williams in Utah, Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and Damian Lillard in Portland.
The former VCU Ram is used to playing behind great point guards on established teams, but despite receiving interest from multiple teams, he opted to join the Wizards, and seems ready to embrace the veteran role he’ll likely have on this rebuilding team.
Maynor spoke to Chris Miller of CSN Washington about joining the Wizards, noting the new situation he’ll be placed in this upcoming season;
Young core, guys that work hard, great coaching staff, so I felt like it was a good fit for me. You know, I want to come in here and lead. I want to be a leader. I want to come in and work hard…I’ve been a part of a playoff team, I’ve been there, the western conference finals, I know what it takes. It’s going to help me down the road, and just starting here with the Wizards.
Unlike last season, Washington didn’t wait until the near conclusion of free-agency to fill holes in their roster. Eric Maynor seems to be a perfect fit with what the Wizards are trying to do.
Maynor seems to know his limits and is certainly embracing his new role in the NBA. In order to get a better grasp of how the team runs things, Maynor will join the Wizards’ coaching staff in Las Vegas this week, as they get ready to prepare for Summer League, which begins on July 13th against the Golden State Warriors.