Trans. Mar 16 11:35 ET (Mar 16 11:35 ET ) Eric Maynor's stay with the Wizards lasted four months until he was traded Feb. 20 to the Philadelphia 76ers. Maynor, released earlier this week per a report from CSN Philly's Dei Lynam, will be a free agent this summer as he tries to correct himself and play his way back into the NBA. The 76ers made the deal to acquire two second-round draft picks, one each from the Wizards and Denver Nuggets in the three-team trade, and will have to pay Maynor his $2.1 million option for 2014-15 but opened a roster spot to evaluate young talent. Maynor, who wanted out of Philadelphia, was granted his freedom.
Despite playing 16 minutes off Philly's bench on Sunday, backup PG Eric Maynor went scoreless with one assist and three turnovers.
The Scoop:Lorenzo Brown is out with torn wrist ligaments and Maynor should continue to pick up decent minutes. He scored 13 points in each of the past two games, putting him on the radar in deep leagues, but those performances belie his season-long 34.4 percent shooting. Proceed with caution.
Eric Maynor scored 13 points with five boards, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.
The Scoop:He scored 13 points against the Magic on Wednesday thanks to some garbage time and did it again. You know the Sixers are bad when backup point guards can actually put up deep-league value because of the extended playing time in the fourth. It might backfire, but owners in deep leagues can think about using Maynor against very good teams like the Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, before the results came in that Nene would be out six weeks with a ligament sprain in his left knee, Glen Davis was officially announced as having signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Wizards had contact with Davis' agent, John Hamilton, about possibly signing the free agent aka Big Baby. After they traded Jan Vesely and Eric Maynor on Thursday to acquire Andre Miller, that opened a roster spot and more depth was needed -- before Nene's injury -- because of concerns surrounding the health of Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker. Davis had been bought out of his contract by the Orlando Magic last week and he fills a need for the Clippers, a perimeter-heavy team that is 38-20 going into Monday's game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans.
Eric Maynor will play backup point guard on Monday night vs. the Bucks.
The Scoop:This move is very likely to stick and he seems to have leapfrogged Lorenzo Brown. Maynor is highly unlikely to see minutes in the teens and has no fantasy value, especially after a sub-par year in Washington.
Danny Granger, who was acquired Thursday from the Indiana Pacers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, finally made his way to Philadelphia Saturday. While the Sixers were practicing, Granger underwent his physical. The other newcomers from Thursday -- Byron Mullens, Henry Sims and Eric Maynor -- were practicing with the team. Brett Brown has yet to meet Granger, who may or may not be a player he'll coach.
In most cities around the NBA, Thursday provided a boring trade deadline. But Sixers president/GM Sam Hinkie made enough moves for an entire conference, trading three players (Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen) and acquiring five (Earl Clark, Henry Sims, Eric Maynor, Danny Granger, Byron Mullens), along with six second-round picks.
The Scoop: None.
Feb 21 7:32 ET
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Marvin 'Bad News' Barnes, absurdly talented cautionary tale, dies at 62 (Ball Don't Lie) (11 Days Ago | courtesy: Ball Don't Lie) Sports history is full of athletes who fail to fulfill their potential, those blessed with incredible talent who succumb to injuries, demons, or vague factors that don't allow for such romanticized conclusions. In basketball, few have ever loomed as large as Marvin "Bad News" Barnes, the second overall pick in the 1974 NBA draft behind Bill Walton. Barnes entered professional basketball with an already long history of off-court problems that started even before he starred at Providence College, opted to forgo playing for the Philadelphia 76ers to join the ABA's Spirit of St. Louis, and soon engaged in even more bad behavior, including drug use, drug dealing, and occasional unexplained jaunts away from the team. Barnes eventually played four seasons in the NBA, but he never came close to fulfilling his Hall of Fame potential and is remembered primarily for the off-court incidents that have been documented in Terry Pluto's essential ABA history "Loose Balls" and the ESPN documentary "Free Spirits." On Tuesday, Barnes died at the age of 62 on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the news from Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal focuses largely on his tumultuous personal life: Barnes struggled with substance abuse in what was a shortened professional career and once his basketball days ended. Stacom said he saw Barnes about 10 days ago at a local restaurant and knew his friend was not feeling well. “He struggled with his demons but he was a great friend,” Stacom said. “He was a great talent and a great teammate but most of all he was our friend.” [...] Barnes was a honorable mention All-America as a junior but as a senior he established himself as one of the elite players in the country while averaging 22 points and 18.7 rebounds a game. PC rolled to a 28-4 season with Barnes and Stacom as seniors and was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by David Thompson and North Carolina State on the Wolfpack’s home floor in Raleigh. Barnes was the second overall pick of the 1974 NBA draft, behind only UCLA’s Bill Walton. But Barnes eschewed the NBA for the rival American Basketball Association and the Spirits of St. Louis. Barnes dominated in the ABA, averaging double figures in scoring (24.0 ppg) and rebounding (15.6 rpg). But just a month into the season, Barnes suddenly left the team. His location was a mystery, but after a few days the Spirits discovered that Barnes was in Dayton, Ohio at a pool tournament. He returned to the team and complained about his contract but the team’s owners, Ozzie and Daniel Silna, smoothed things over and became lifelong benefactors of Barnes. Barnes' second season with St. Louis was impressive, as well, but his career quickly went south. After his habit, Barnes attempted to turn his life around and attempted to help at-risk youth in Providence . Yet his life was still not without controversy — Barnes was arrested in 2012 for soliciting an underage girl for sex . There is no question that Marvin Barnes struggled to live on an even keel. As with most cautionary tales, his worst moments came to define his life. Yet, from the perspective of a basketball fan, it would be wrong to allow those troubles to overwhelm everything that made him such a fascinating figure on the court in the first place. Those who witnessed Barnes at his peak remember a player who could have become one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the sport, a beast on the block with elite athleticism and skill. This video of one impressive performance for the Spirits serves as an effective sample: Barnes was brash, insanely talented, and even capable of writing poems before big games . He cannot simply be remembered for what kept him from achieving more, because what he did accomplish meant a great deal to many people. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric More...