MONDAY, 9:05am: Five-year NBA veteran Eric Maynor has agreed to play for OpenJobMetis Varese of Italy, the Italian publication La Prealpina reports (translation via Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia). Maynor resisted the idea of going to the D-League, as David Pick of Eurobasket.com hears (Twitter link), and he’s instead heading overseas to recharge a career in which he was once one of the NBA’s most prominent backup point guards. The terms of the Andrew Vye client‘s Italian deal are unknown.
The 27-year-old Maynor reportedly worked out for the Pelicans earlier this season, but he hasn’t played since the Sixers waived him this past March. He signed a two-year deal worth nearly $4.123MM in the summer of 2013 with the Wizards, but he fell out of the rotation and Washington sent him to Philly in a trade deadline deal nearly a year ago. The Sixers ate the guaranteed salary on both seasons of his contract when they let him go, but they could be in line to recover a small fraction of that money via set-off rights depending on the size of his deal in Italy.
Maynor had been a vital bench player for the Thunder when he tore his right ACL three years ago this month, and Reggie Jackson seized that role in his absence. Oklahoma City traded Maynor to Portland a little more than a year after the injury, and after the Blazers declined to make the former 20th overall pick a qualifying offer, he inked with the Wizards.