The Wizards have agreed to a deal with free agent point guard and former Virginia Commonwealth star Eric Maynor on a multi-year deal, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but it is believed to be a two-year deal worth the bi-annual exception (roughly $2 million), with a player option on the second year.
Maynor confirmed the agreement on Twitter: “I appreciate all the love n support y’all…..I’m excited to be signing wit the Wizards……#Blessed.”
Maynor addresses one of the team’s primary offseason goals to find an upgrade at backup point guard for John Wall. The 6-foot-3 Maynor became an unrestricted free agent last week when the Portland Trail Blazers declined to extend him a qualifying offer worth $3.4 million.
In four seasons with Utah, Oklahoma City and Portland, Maynor, 26, has averaged 4.5 points and three assists. He missed most of the 2011-12 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and lost his job this season to Reggie Jackson. After a slow start in Oklahoma City, Maynor rebounded after getting traded to Portland, where he averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 38 percent from beyond the three-point line as a backup to rookie of the year Damian Lillard.
The Wizards were seeking a veteran backup after struggling last season in the absence of Wall. A.J. Price, Jannero Pargo, Shaun Livingston, Jordan Crawford, Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple all took turns playing point guard but the team was just 5-28 before Wall returned to help the team finish the season on 29-53.