Sixers Re-Sign Maalik Wayns

January 8 2013 at 4:22pm CDT By Luke Adams

4:22pm: The Sixers have officially re-signed Wayns to a 10-day contract, the team announced in a press release. Wayns just cleared waivers at 4:00pm central time, so Philadelphia didn't waste much time bringing him back into the fold.

TUESDAY, 3:22pm: The Sixers haven't definitely decided to re-sign Wayns yet, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com (via Twitter). Wayns could ultimately rejoin the team, but the Sixers still seem to be exploring all their options, says Charnia, adding that Jannero Pargo doesn't appear to be on Philadelphia's radar.

MONDAY, 1:01pm: It's been less than 24 hours since we heard that Maalik Wayns had been released by the 76ers, but the rookie guard will re-sign with the team tomorrow, tweets Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. According to Kennedy, Wayns will rejoin the Sixers on a 10-day contract.

Wayns has appeared in 20 games for the Sixers this season, averaging 2.5 PPG in 7.8 minutes per contest. Bringing the 21-year-old back on a 10-day deal gives the Sixers the flexibility of not having to guarantee his contract for the season. Philadelphia is essentially just postponing its decision on whether or not to keep Wayns around all year — the team could sign him to two 10-day contracts before deciding whether to give him a rest-of-season deal.

A report in late December had indicated that Philadelphia was seeking point guard help, even with Wayns and Royal Ivey on the roster backing up Jrue Holiday. After Wayns was released yesterday, coach Doug Collins suggested the Sixers may seek out a point guard that can defend the pick-and-roll (Twitter link via Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com). It's not clear whether that's something the club will still pursue, or if Philadelphia is satisfied its point guards with Wayns back in the fold.

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