Clippers just made release of guard Maalik Wayns official. They had to waive him by Tuesday to prevent contract from being guaranteed
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 5, 2014
The Clippers waived Maalik Wayns today, per Clippers press release. Wayns spent much of his tenure with the Clippers inactive after suffering a torn meniscus during training camp.
Wayns’ contract originally called for it to be guaranteed after December 1. And a provision in the CBA stated that an injured player with a non-guaranteed contract could not be waived in most cases or that player’s contract becomes guaranteed.
But at some point after the time of injury, the Clippers and Wayns moved the guarantee deadline, which recently came up via Marc Stein and Mark Deeks. The biggest implication revolves around the salary cap and luxury tax, as the Clippers will only pay a pro-rated amount of Wayns’ salary instead of a full guaranteed amount, lowering their payroll total and tax hit.
Stephen Jackson is the only other player on the roster with a non-guaranteed contract. One would expect that he will likely be waived before January 7 as well (the date when all non-guaranteed deals essentially become guaranteed) given the Clippers’ season long need for a reliable third big man and newfound potential need for a backup point guard.
With Wayns being waived, the Clippers roster currently stands at 14.