J. Michael on the Wizards in free agency
In need of a backup point guard for John Wall, the Wizards signed Eric Maynor to a deal Monday.
Andy Miller, Maynor’s agent, confirmed to CSN Washington that a deal was signed. The Portland Trail Blazers have declined to extend a qualifying offer that would’ve made Maynor a restricted free agent and given them the chance to match the offer. According to another person with direct knowledge of the situation, Maynor signed via the bi-annual exception of two years for a total of $4 million.
I appreciate all the love n support y'all.....I'm excited to be signing wit the Wizards......#Blessed— Eric Maynor (@EMaynor3) July 2, 2013
Free-agent signings don't become official or announced by teams to July 10 after a moratorium imposed by the league.
Maynor, who became the first player from Virginia Commonwealth to be drafted in the first round, has played on three teams since turning pro in 2009.
He has averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 assists in four seasons for three different teams. He was a vital part to the growth of the Oklahoma City Thunder which became one of the Western Conference’s best teams with Maynor backing up Russell Westbrook.
Maynor tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2012 and was traded to the Trail Blazers, where he made $2.3 million last season.
Maynor is 6-3 and provides the perfect contrast to Wall, an athletic, fast-paced guard who can run the half-court offense and is a 40% shooter for his career.
Maynor’s signing likely means A.J. Price, who played for the Wizards last season and is a free agent, is out of the picture.