Instead of waiting to see which players will become available at the position, the Washington Wizards quickly signed point guard Eric Maynor during the first day of free agency this past summer. Needless to say, the acquisition failed miserably and the Wizards have since shipped Maynor to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers before the NBA trade deadline in a 3-team deal that sent Andre Miller back to the the nation’s capital. Miller has given Washington some much needed relief at the backup point guard spot and the deal has worked out in their favor thus far.
Maynor, who fell out of Washington’s lineup shortly after the season began, struggled to adjust to Randy Wittman’s system and was replaced in the rotation by Garrett Temple. Maynor averaged about 2 points and 2 assists per game with the Wizards, while shooting a miserable 29% from the field. The Wizards looked to replace former backup guard, A.J. Price, with Eric Maynor and got little production from him since bringing him on board.
Like Jan Vesely, who was also traded to the Denver Nuggets in the 3-team deal, Eric Maynor was looking forward to getting another opportunity to play, but that shortly came to an end with the Philadelphia 76ers. Maynor struggled in Philadelphia as well, putting up just 4 points per game on 38% shooting in nearly double the minutes he got with the Wizards.
Unfortunately for Eric Maynor, his journey in Philadelphia would come to an end in just 8 games as he was reportedly waived by the struggling club, opening up a roster spot for free agent forward, James Nunnally.
According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Eric Maynor “pushed for the move” since the 76ers were in a “rebuilding mode” and didn’t have much of a chance at competing now that their season is essentially over.
Before suffering a severe knee injury a few seasons ago, Eric Maynor was considered a decent backup guard with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now that he’s essentially fallen out of the league, Maynor won’t have many other opportunities to prove himself on that level, especially when considering how bad he’s been this season.
Even though it seems like Eric Maynor is still interested in playing for an NBA team next season, his career in the league may be over. It’s a shame to see a once promising guard fall out of the league in this particular way, especially since he basically got cut by a team filled with fringe NBA players. Maynor, to put it bluntly, was one of the worst backup point guards I’ve ever seen during his time with the Wizards. I credit Maynor for continuing to come to work with a professional attitude after being relegated to the end of the bench, but given how bad he’s been, I really doubt he’ll get another opportunity. He’s still owed money for next season, so Maynor might opt to play in the NBA Developmental League, where he could potentially get picked up by a team looking for a veteran guard.
Nevertheless, I hope things work out for Maynor, even though I’ve been extremely critical of him during his short stint with the Wizards.