NBA Free Agency: Philadelphia 76ers Sign Undrafted Guard Maalik Wayns

Manav Khandelwal@@KhandymanSportsAnalyst IIJuly 29, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Maalik Wayns #2 of the Villanova Wildcats dribbles past Anthony Crater #10 of the South Florida Bulls during the first round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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They say homecomings are sweet, but what happens next is even sweeter.

Well, Maalik Wayns, a former player for both Roman Catholic and Villanova, is about to find out if that is true. The undrafted guard is reportedly set to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers and stay in the city he's played in his entire life.

Wayns recently tweeted the following:

Dreams do come true never let somebody tell you what you can't be or where u can't go #tearsofjoy #Amen

— Maalik Wayns (@MaalikWayns2) July 27, 2012

In his junior season at 'Nova, Wayns averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 assists and one steal per game while shooting over 41 percent from the field. He was advised to stay on for his senior season, but decided to enter the 2012 NBA draft and risk not being taken late in the second round.

Like fellow Philadelphia product Scoop Jardine, Wayns wasn't picked up by any team and was instead worked out by both the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic in the Orlando summer league.

If the reports are true, Wayns will be under the same contract as Lavoy Allen, which means he will be on the team, whether in the NBA or in the D-League, for at least one year while making $473,604.

The Sixers suffered a hit in the backcourt when Xavier Silas was injured during a Summer League game, but quickly responded by signing veteran Royal Ivey to mentor and backup starter Jrue Holiday. With most of the active roster already decided, Wayns will have to beat out former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen if he wants to stay on an NBA roster and avoid being sent to the D-League.

Whatever happens, Wayns' dream of being signed by an NBA team has been realized. Let's see what will become of his career back in his hometown.


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