The Los Angeles Clippers have signed former Villanova combo guard Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Wayns was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia 76ers in July, waived by Philadelphia in January, signed to a 10-day contract with the Sixers and then he shifted to the NBA D-League until the Clippers made the move to sign him.
The 6'2, 21-year-old guard scored 2.5 points per game on 24.2% shooting from the field in 21 games with the Sixers -- which equated to a PER of 1.5 and a true shooting percentage of 34.2 -- but he produced well over nine games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League. During his stint with the Vipers, Wayns played 22 minutes per game and scored 12.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and 38.2 percent accuracy from beyond the arc to go with 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
The Clippers are 44-20 on the season and they hold the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference playoff bracket. This move may be a forward-looking transaction designed to provide extra rest Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe down the stretch when (or if) the team clinches home-court advantage in the first round.
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