NBA D-League interested in Dajuan Wagner, who signs with ABA team

dajuan-wagner-goldenstateFormer NBA player Dajuan Wagner backed up his words that he plans to come back to the NBA. He has recenrly signed with the Philadelphia Spirit of the American Basketball Association.

The Spirit are a new franchise in the ABA, a minor league based in Phoenix. The ABA has more than 80 teams in the United States and Canada.

“I’m feeling good, but I need to take the next step, going up and down the court,” Wagner said. “This is going to be a good test for me to see where I’m at.”

Wagner said he was contacted by a couple of teams in the NBA Development League after word of his comeback plans became public, according to

He noted that he preferred to launch the next step in his comeback at a lower level to better gauge his conditioning and the sharpness of his game.

Previously, Wagner said his son was the reason he decided to launch an NBA comeback, as his son wanted to see him play again.

Wagner is widely regarded as the best high school player in New Jersey history. He scored a state-record 3,462 points in his career at Camden.

Wagner played a total of four seasons in the NBA, first three with Cleveland Cavaliers and one with Golden State Warriors. He averaged career high 13.4 ppg for the team in the 2002-03 season. In total, Wagner played in 103 NBA games, starting in 28, averaging 9.4 ppg in 21.4 mpg.


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