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Dajuan Wagner - PG/SG, 6'2, 200
Free agent - Last played with Gaiteros (Venezuela, 2017)
       Date of birth: 02/04/1983
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 6th pick, 2002
     Out of: Memphis
  NBA Experience: 4 years
  Hand: Right

2002 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 6th overall by Cleveland.
16th July, 2002 NBA Signed four year, $10,765,805 rookie scale contract with Cleveland. Included team option for 2005/06.
31st October, 2004 NBA Cleveland declined 2005/06 team option.
22nd September, 2006 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Golden State.
20th November, 2006 NBA Waived by Golden State.
31st August, 2007 Poland Signed a one year contract with Trefl Sopot.
8th February, 2008 Poland Left Trefl Sopot.
7th November, 2014 ABA Signed a short term contract with Philadelphia Spirit.
15th September, 2015 Dominican Republic Signed a one season contract with La Matica.
28th September, 2015 Dominican Republic Released by La Matica.
30th January, 2017 Venezuela Signed a one season contract with Gaiteros.
28th February, 2017 Venezuela Released by Gaiteros.
When: Where:
2001 - 2002 Memphis (NCAA)
June 2002 - June 2005 Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
September 2006 - November 2006 Golden State Warriors (NBA)
August 2007 - February 2008 Trefl Sopot (Poland)
November 2014 - December 2014 Philadelphia Spirit (ABA)
September 2015 La Matica (Dominican Republic)
January 2017 - February 2017 Gaiteros (Venezuela)
From blog:

   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 70

- Dajuan Wagner

In 2000-01, Dajuan Wagner averaged 42.5 points per game in his final year of high school. He then went to the University of Memphis, and averaged a whopping 21.1ppg as a freshman. This was enough to get him drafted 6th overall by the Cavaliers in the 2002 draft.

Since then, it's been all bad. Wagner averaged 13.4 points and 2.8 assists per game as a freshman, but took 605 shots to score those 629 points, and played in only 47 games due to torn right knee cartilage. Worse still, that was the most games he played in any season of his career. Wagner played in only 44 games the following year, and his scoring halved to only 6.5 ppg on similar efficiency. Wagner needed further surgery on his right knee, but he couldn't get it until inflammation to his liver and pancreas had calmed down; what we didn't initially know was that that internal inflammation was more serious, and would lead to chronic and irreversible health problems.

Wagner played only 11 games the following year, averaging 4.0 ppg, a shell of his former self. The knee had improved, but his intestines had now swollen up, and he was hospitalised with ulcerative colitis in January 2005. The colitis was severe, not responsive to medication, and became life-threatning; supposedly, Wagner lost roughly 75lbs. Eventually, Wagner had to have his entire colon removed. He missed the whole 2005-06 season.

In a feel-good story, Wagner got as healthy as he could and into the best shape that he could, and returned to the NBA in 2006-07 with the Golden State Warriors. In his first game for the team, on November 11th 2006, Wagner entered the game for the final few minutes of a Warriors's 32 point blowout win over Detroit. And I watched it. Entering those final few minutes of the game, Wagner took his first and only shot, a corner three pointer. He made it, and smiled broadly. Wagner knew that protocol dictates that you should always act like you've been there, but after everything that had happened, he didn't want to. So he didn't. It was a good moment and remains a good memory.

Unfortunately, it was also his only basket of the season. Wagner played only one game for Golden State before they bought him out in late November. Ostensibly, it's because Wagner wasn't going to get any playing time, but in reality, Wagner wasn't ready. He hadn't had a chance to develop his skills as a player, and, with the injuries and illnesses stealing the athleticism that defined his game, there wasn't a whole lot left for Wagner to contribute. He has not played in the NBA since. In fact, he's played only one since then, when he signed for Polish team Prokom Sopot in the 2007-08 season. In 6 Euroleague games, Wagner averaged 8.2 ppg, but was released due to a bad ankle. He has not played since.

Dajuan Wagner news since that time is impossible to find. It's been over two years since he left Poland, and when a rumoured move to Maccabi Tel-Aviv faield to materialize, that ended Dajuan Wagner basketball news. He worked out for a while with Tim Grover, but now appears to be done with the game, and is back living in his native Camden, New Jersey. Rumour has it that he owns a restaurant there, but this cannot be substantiated.

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   Where Are They Now, 2011: Bookkeeping The Retired Guys

Dajuan Wagner - Dajuan Wagner is also after one last comeback. It does not appear to have begun.

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   Bookkeeping The Retired Guys, 2013 Edition

Dajuan Wagner - Seems to essentially keep himself to himself. There's still stories about a possible comeback. They still don't happen.

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