The Los Angeles Clippers, in need of guard help due to recurring injuries, have signed rookie point guard Maalik Wayns for the remainder of the season. Wayns began the season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers before being released in January.
Wayns appeared in only three games for the Clippers, averaging 3.7 points and 2.3 assists per game. With injuries to Eric Bledsoe earlier in March and now Chauncey Billups tweaking his groin again, the Clippers once deep rotation of guards is suddenly thinner than expected.
Although Wayns hasn’t played much he does have some potential. the 6’2″ scoring guard went undrafted after a three-year career at Villanova before getting an invite to the 76ers training camp prior to the season. Wayns only averaged 2.7 points 1.1 assists for the 76ers, prompting them to release him before the January deadline that would have made him contract with Philadelphia fully guaranteed.
The timetable for Billups to return is uncertain, making retaining Wayns as an insurance policy a priority for the Clippers. Bledsoe has returned from his calf injury and appears to be rounding back into form and Chris Paul has been playing MVP-level basketball lately, so Wayns won’t be asked to contribute much unless one of them goes down.
Depth was once viewed as a plus for the Clippers but with so many nagging injuries an area of strength has since been depleted. If the Clippers are to make a deep run in the playoffs they will need as many healthy bodies as they can get in the Western Conference this season.