3:04pm: The Clippers have officially signed Wayns for the remainder of the season, the team announced today in a press release.
8:25am: With one day remaining on his second 10-day contract with the Clippers, Maalik Wayns is expected to receive a rest-of-season deal from the team. Clippers play-by-play man Ralph Lawler tweets that Wayns was informed last night that the club will keep him for the remainder of the season.
After appearing in 21 games for the 76ers earlier this season, Wayns has been used more sparingly by the Clippers, playing just 28 minutes in three games for the team so far. The 21-year-old's most recent action came last Wednesday against his old team, when he recorded nine points and two assists against the Sixers.
Re-signing Wayns for the season will give the Clippers 14 players on guaranteed contracts, with DaJuan Summers' 10-day deal set to expire next Wednesday night. At that point, the team will have to decide whether to use its final guaranteed roster spot on Summers or let him go.
As for Wayns, I wouldn't be surprised if his new contract also included a non-guaranteed team option for 2013/14, allowing the Clips to get an extended look at him this summer.
Wayns, 21, appeared in just one game for the Clippers during his first 10 days with the club, recording five assists in 11 minutes in a blowout win over the Pistons. The rookie, who went undrafted last June, was signed as a free agent by the 76ers and played 21 games for the team before finding his way to Los Angeles.
The Clippers currently have 13 players on guaranteed contracts, with Wayns and DaJuan Summers on 10-day deals. The team will have the chance to re-sign Summers to a second 10-day contract when his deal expires next week, but will have to sign Wayns for the season or let him go when his new 10-day is up.
SATURDAY, 1:34pm: The Clippers officially announced their deal with Wayns, HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy notes via Twitter.
FRIDAY, 7:45am: The Clippers have signed former Villanova guard Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). The Clippers had been carrying 14 players, so a corresponding move isn't necessary to open up a roster spot for Wayns.
Wayns went undrafted in 2012, but was signed as a rookie free agent by the 76ers. The team was unwilling to guarantee his contract for the season though, releasing the 21-year-old just before the guarantee deadline, then re-signing him to a 10-day contract before eventually parting ways with him. In 21 games for Philadelphia, Wayns averaged 2.7 PPG while shooting an ugly 26.4% from the field in 7.9 minutes per contest.
As our 10-day contract tracker shows, teams have been actively filling roster spots with players on 10-day deals since the trade deadline. Including Wayns, eight players are currently on 10-day contracts, with Terrel Harris expected to become the ninth if and when he finalizes his agreement with the Hornets.
The commissioner is in attendance at Golden State's game against the Rockets tonight, but David Stern's comments about the fate of the Kings overshadowed talk of the other team in Northern California. Nonetheless, there's plenty of Warriors-related news this evening, as we share here:
The 76ers have signed Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release. No corresponding roster move is required to make room for Mack, since Philadelphia has a roster spot open, and will open up another one when Maalik Wayns' 10-day deal expires tonight.
Mack, 23, has averaged 3.8 PPG and 2.2 APG in 13.0 minutes per contests in 71 career NBA games with the Wizards, but was cut by Washington earlier this month. The Butler product has been very productive for the D-League's Maine Red Claws this season, averaging 20.5 PPG and 8.0 APG while shooting .462/.418/.896 in 14 games.
As for Wayns, he's set to become a free agent and will be able to sign another 10-day contract with the Sixers or any other NBA team. Grantland's Zach Lowe (Twitter link) hears the rookie is already drawing interest from D-League clubs.
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.
Stein also tweets that although Philadelphia has the option of offering another 10-day contract to Wayns once he clears waivers, it isn't clear whether or not the team will go after someone else instead. The roster now stands at 13.
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao received as good a vote of confidence as one can get from head coach Byron Scott, who called the Brazilian big man "the best center in the NBA right now." Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio writes that Varejao's statistical production makes Scott's statement a difficult one to disagree with, also mentioning that some fans have wondered if Cleveland should take advantage of his value and trade him. With that being said, Amico asserts that Cavaliers brass currently has no intention of dealing their most tenured veteran. For the rest of tonight's tidbits from the Eastern Conference, you can find them below:
It's been less than a week since training camp started for most teams, but a few players are already staking claims to roster spots that were up for grabs. A pair of camp invitees appear to be making significant strides toward jobs in the Atlantic Division, according to reports.