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Von Wafer - SG, 6'5, 209
Signed in China - Signed with Jilin
       Date of birth: 07/21/1985
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 39th pick, 2005
     Out of: Florida State
  NBA Experience: 7 years
  Hand: Right

2005 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 39th overall by L.A. Lakers.
1st August, 2005 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with L.A. Lakers.
27th February, 2006 D-League Assigned by L.A. Lakers to Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
22nd March, 2006 D-League Recalled by L.A. Lakers from Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
12th April, 2006 D-League Assigned by L.A. Lakers to Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
26th October, 2006 NBA Waived by L.A. Lakers.
1st November, 2006 D-League Drafted 22nd overall in the 2006 D-League Draft by Colorado 14ers.
21st February, 2007 NBA Signed a 10 day contract with L.A. Clippers.
28th February, 2007 NBA Waived by L.A. Clippers.
6th March, 2007 D-League Re-acquired by Colorado 14ers.
13th April, 2007 NBA Signed a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2007/08 with Denver.
21st February, 2008 NBA Traded by Denver to Portland in exchange for Taurean Green.
29th September, 2008 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Houston.
12th August, 2009 Greece Signed a two year contract with Olympiakos.
22nd December, 2009 Greece Left Olympiakos.
24th February, 2010 NBA Signed a 10 day contract with Dallas.
3rd August, 2010 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Boston.
4th August, 2011 Italy Signed a one year contract with Vanoli Cremona. Included opt-out clause upon end of the NBA lockout.
6th December, 2011 Italy Opted out to return to the NBA.
12th December, 2011 NBA Signed and traded by Boston with a partially guaranteed three year minimum salary contract, along with a signed and traded Glen Davis, to Orland in exchange for Brandon Bass.
29th May, 2012 NBA Waived by Orlando.
20th August, 2012 China Signed a one year contract with Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
7th October, 2013 China Signed a one year contract with Shanghai Sharks.
6th January, 2014 D-League Acquired by Bakersfield Jam.
28th January, 2014 D-League Waived by Bakersfield Jam.
3rd February, 2014 Russia Signed for the remainder of the regular season with Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd.
12th March, 2014 Puerto Rico Signed a one season contract with Indios de Mayaguez (to join after completion of Russian contract).
17th May, 2014 China Signed a one year contract with Shanxi Zhongyu (to join after completion of Puerto Rican contract).
7th August, 2015 China Signed a one year contract with Jiangsu.
2nd February, 2016 Puerto Rico Signed a one season contract with Leones de Ponce (to join after completion of Chinese season).
25th November, 2016 D-League Acquired by Delaware 87ers.
14th December, 2016 D-League Traded by Delaware 87ers to Westchester Knicks in exchange for Devondrick Walker.
7th June, 2017 China Signed a one season contract with Shaanxi Wolves.
16th September, 2017 China Signed a one year contract with Jilin.
When: Where:
2003 - 2005 Florida State (NCAA)
June 2005 - October 2006 L.A. Lakers (NBA)
November 2006 - February 2007 Colorado 14ers (D-League)
February 2007 L.A. Clippers (NBA)
March 2007 - April 2007 Colorado 14ers (D-League)
April 2007 - February 2008 Denver Nuggets (NBA)
February 2008 - July 2008 Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
July 2008 New York Knicks (Summer League)
September 2008 - July 2009 Houston Rockets (NBA)
August 2009 - December 2009 Olympiakos (Greece)
February 2010 - March 2010 Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
August 2010 - June 2011 Boston Celtics (NBA)
August 2011 - December 2011 Cremona (Italy)
December 2011 - May 2012 Orlando Magic (NBA)
August 2012 - June 2013 Xinjiang (China)
October 2013 - November 2013 Shanghai (China)
January 2014 Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
February 2014 - March 2014 Krasny Volgrograd (Russia)
March 2014 - July 2014 Mayaguez (Puerto Rico)
July 2014 - June 2015 Shanxi Zhongyu (China)
August 2015 - February 2016 Jiangsu (China)
February 2016 - June 2016 Ponce (Puerto Rico)
November 2016 - December 2016 Delaware 87ers (D-League)
December 2016 - June 2017 Westchester Knicks (D-League)
June 2017 - September 2017 Shaanxi (China, NBL)
September 2017 - present Jilin (China)
From blog:

   We're Adding A Little Something To This Month's Sales Contest. As You All Know, First Prize Is A Cadillac El Dorado.

Wafer showed in his fourth NBA season with Houston that he could produce in the NBA in a very select role. Give him shots around screens from off the bench, don't expect much else from him, and you'll have yourself a useful contributor. Wafer has the talent to produce in the NBA, and would serve Boston as an entry-level Ray Allen for the times Ray Allen is on the bench. Marquis Daniels certainly can't do that. For this reason, he's the only one of the unguaranteed contracts to have any guaranteed compensation.

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   15 More Ten Day Contract Candidates (Because Apparently 101 Wasn't Enough After All)

In some additional related bookkeeping, the reason for many of the players listed in the previous list was due to the NBA's contract guarantee date. All players on NBA rosters on or after January 10th have their contracts guaranteed for the remainder of the season (future seasons are unaffected); this also includes waivers. In-season waivers are 48 hours long and do not include weekends; therefore, with the 10th of January being a Monday, players had to be waived by close of business on Wednesday 5th in order to have cleared waivers before the deadline date.

Eleven players with not fully guaranteed contracts were waived in the hours before that deadline: Steve Novak, Damien Wilkins, Jarron Collins, John Lucas III, Ime Udoka, Lester Hudson, Ronald Dupree, Brian Skinner, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Sundiata Gaines and Rodney Carney. Twenty seven unguaranteed players survived; Delonte West, Von Wafer, Brian Scalabrine, Samardo Samuels, Manny Harris, Alonzo Gee, Brian Cardinal, Melvin Ely, Gary Forbes, Jeremy Lin, Ish Smith, A.J. Price, Ike Diogu, Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, Ben Uzoh, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Shawne Williams, Malik Allen, Garret Siler, Patty Mills, Sean Marks, Darnell Jackson, Chris Quinn, Sonny Weems, Jeremy Evans, Cartier Martin and Hamady Ndiaye. Players with contracts who had already become guaranteed due to specific guarantee stipulations in their contracts were Sherron Collins, Derrick Brown, Josh McRoberts, Willie Warren, Derrick Caracter, Luther Head and Joey Dorsey.

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   A History Of Failed Physicals

December 2009: Von Wafer

Wafer started the 2009/09 season with Greek spenders Olympiakos, but was released early due to his poor performances. He averaged 7.7 points in his three Euroleague games, but only 3.0ppg in his three Greek league games, and the team decided they preferred Patrick Beverley. Wafer subsequently returned to America.

The Rockets then brokered a deal to re-sign Wafer for the remainder of the season, who had had his career breakout with the team in the previous season. However, the signing was vetoed when Wafer failed his physical, for reasons that initially went unexplained. Later that same month, the Memphis Grizzlies expressed an interest in signing him as well, yet they passed on signing him; the reason cited was for back and hip problems that would have prevented him from playing right away.

It is obviously too early to say in this instance what impact these injuries, and the failed physical, will mean for Wafer's career longevity. All that is known is that two months later, the Mavericks signed Wafer to a ten day contract. That contract represented the only other games he played this season.

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   Chicago's Last Resort Offseason Plan That Still Manages To Avoid Signing Joe Johnson

Von Wafer - Wafer flaked out with Olympiakos, because Greece just doesn't suit him. The NBA does, though, and if you need some athleticism and jumpshooting with absolutely no other statistical production whatsoever, then Vaekeaton is your man.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 70

- Von Wafer

Wafer started out as Vujcic's team mate in Olympiakos, but was released early due to his poor performances. Wafer averaged 7.7 points in his three Euroleague games, but only 3.0ppg in his three Greek league games, and the team decided they preferred Patrick Beverley. Wafer returned to America and played a ten day contract with the Mavericks, but has not played this year other than that.

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   Michael Sweetney signs in China

- Olympiakos released Von Wafer, who had disappointed greatly. Wafer had started the year in the rotation, but had worked his way down to being on the inactive list. Greek teams are allowed a maximum of only 3 Americans and 6 non-Greeks for Greek league games, and Olympiakos have 7. And while Yotam Halperin started the year as the inactive player, he played his way into contention, as did Patrick Beverley. Wafer, meanwhile, played his way onto it. And now Olympiakos has decided to save the money and cut him. Wafer is now a candidate to join the Memphis Grizzlies, who are totally awesome yet who could use an extra bench scorer. They're currently having to pretend that Sam Old is a backup two. And it's not really working.

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Signed in China


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