Sixers sign Wayns to 1-year contract

Posted: August 01, 2012

"Who doesn't love a Philly guard?"

Those words were spoken a few weeks ago at the practice facility of the Orlando Magic during the Orlando Pro Summer League by Pat Williams, longtime executive for the Magic and former general manager of the 76ers way back when. Williams was referring to Maalik Wayns, who had just finished his three-game stretch for the Magic in which he averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals and basically proved himself to be the best point guard in that league. Apparently, the Sixers love a Philly guard, too.

On Monday, according to reports, the Villanova and Roman Catholic product agreed to a 1-year contract with the Sixers. Wayns forfeited his senior season at Villanova after averaging 17.6 points and 4.6 assists for the 13-19 Wildcats this past season.

Although they signed veteran guard Royal Ivey last week, the Sixers are a little light in the backcourt, particularly at the point-guard spot. Coach Doug Collins spoke recently about the position, saying while starter Jrue Holiday will get most of the minutes there, he would be spelled sometimes by starting "two" guard Evan Turner and maybe a bit by swingman Andre Iguodala. But the need for a true point to spell Holiday certainly was a need. The 6-2 Wayns could perhaps fill that void.

After deciding to leave Villanova early, Wayns' name was not called during June's NBA draft. When he put together such a strong showing in Orlando, the rumor was that the Magic was going to offer him a contract. That didn't come to fruition, and now he will have a chance to play in front of many hometown fans.


Contact Bob Cooney at cooneyb@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @BobCooney76. Read his blog at www.philly.com/sixerville

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