4:28pm: The Clippers formally announced that Wayns has been released. The club’s roster now stands at 14.
4:18pm: The Clippers have released Maalik Wayns, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Wayns’ contract would have been guaranteed for the remainder of the season if he were still on the Clippers’ roster past Tuesday.
Wayns’ contract initially called for a guarantee date of December 1st, but it was pushed back to Tuesday, January 7th following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in mid-October. Had the Clippers kept him on the roster, his $788K deal would have been guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Wayns has recovered from his injury, but he couldn’t survive the numbers crunch.
The 22-year-old hooked on with L.A. last season on a pair of ten-day contracts and while he didn’t play all that much, he showed enough to stay on the roster heading into 2012/13. He’ll now be looking for a new home for the remainder of the year.