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NBA notes: Maynor agrees to deal with Wizards

Published July 1, 2013 11:45 pm

NBA notes • The Jazz's 2009 first-round draft pick is bound for his fourth NBA team.
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A person with knowledge of the deal says Eric Maynor has agreed to a contract with the Washington Wizards.

Maynor will serve as the backup point guard behind John Wall. Maynor's deal was confirmed by a person speaking on condition of anonymity because NBA free agent deals can't be signed or announced until July 10.

Maynor also confirmed the news on his Twitter account, saying he appreciated all the love and support and was "excited to be signing" with the Wizards.

Maynor averaged 4.5 points with Oklahoma City and Portland last season. He became an unrestricted free agent after the Trail Blazers chose not to extend him a qualifying offer. He was the Utah Jazz's first-round draft pick in 2009.

Bulls let go of top assistant coach

Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman insisted it was his call to let Tom Thibodeau's top assistant go and downplayed the idea there's friction with the coach. The Bulls announced Monday that they were not renewing Ron Adams' contract for next season, raising a few eyebrows.

"The decision was made by me because I felt it was the best decision for the Bulls going forward," Forman said.

Why was it the best decision? Forman wouldn't say.

Adams rejoined the Bulls in 2010 after serving as an assistant with Oklahoma City following a five-year run in Chicago from 2003 to 2008.

Warriors' Nodovic covets stability

Golden State Warriors first-round pick Nemanja Nedovic has had a dozen different coaches in the last six years. He went through three coaches last season alone playing for Lietuvos rytas of the Euroleague, and he has never had much stability in his life or career moving around with his family.

"It's crazy," Nedovic said on a teleconference from Serbia on Monday. "I don't know if it's good for a young player to change coaches so much. At least I'm used to adapting to new situations."

Nedovic's next transition could be his toughest: making an NBA roster.

The Serbian point guard said he has never been to the San Francisco Bay Area. He had never even been to the United States until last month when he had pre-draft workouts in Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Atlanta and New York before heading back to Belgrade. Since the draft, Nedovic has had brief conversations with Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Warriors coach Mark Jackson about making the transition.