After the Blazers drafted Lehigh guard, CJ McCollum, and did not extend a qualifying offer to Eric Maynor, Maynor became an unrestricted free agent. As of last night at 9:01 pm PST teams were allowed to contact players regarding their services and the Washington Wizardsjumped at the chance to pair a true backup with starting point guard, John Wall. Maynor has reportedly agreed to an unspecified multi-year deal with the Wizards and will be that backup in the 2013-2014 season.
Free agents cannot technically sign anywhere until July 10th, but Maynor has committed to moving on. I am thrilled that Portland was able to use him last season and, while I am disappointed to see him go, I am equally thrilled that he is joining one of the most promising up-and-coming squads in the NBA. With the Wizards’ draft day addition of Georgetown small forward, Otto Porter, they look to have a dynamic core of youth just like the Blazers.
Letting Maynor walk was the right move for Portland. Between Lillard, McCollum, Matthews, Crabbe, and Barton, they have enough guards to find a workable rotation. This is not to say that Maynor could not have contributed. He was easily Portland’s best player off the bench last season, but the Blazers need to focus their money on more dire needs now (forwards and centers).
As a gesture of good will, I would like to formally thank Eric Maynor for his contributions to the Portland Trail Blazers. Though his time with them was brief (27 games), Rip City was grateful to have him. I wish him nothing but success with the Washington Wizards, and I look forward to watching him in the NBA playoffs soon enough.