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Dajuan Wagner considering an NBA comeback

Mar 16, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

Dejuan Wagner

There was a time when Dajuan Wagner was going to be part of the future of Cavaliers basketball (the year before LeBron James became that future). He was going to be at the core of the Cavaliers big plans.

Dajuan Wagner, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2002, the New Jersey high school hoops legend (he had a 100 point game) told the Star-Ledger he wants to make one more NBA comeback.

Wagner, now 28, hasn’t played competitive basketball for three years, but says he’s in the process of making one last NBA comeback. He had surgery on his right knee last year and recently was cleared to resume playing.

Wagner’s three NBA seasons were injury plagued (two knee surgeries, liver issues, even dehydration at one point. After he left the NBA there was a major intestine surgery. He had another knee surgery after playing in Poland. Teams will be wary because of all of it.

It makes comeback is a longshot. That’s a long time to be away, but Wagner (son of former NBA player Milt Wagner) has the skills if he can shake the rust off them. The question one wonders is if he really has the passion to do it anymore. The NBA is a life in the limelight, and Wagner is a private person.

“I just don’t like the attention,” Wagner said. “I could never get used to it.”

Still, if he works hard and really wants to play — not for the money but just because he wants to play — somebody will take a look.

  1. bigtrav425 - Mar 16, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Tons of Skill had alot of bad luck with the Injuries whihc really F’d him up plus he got screwed when the Cavs drafted LBJ….Wish he could of stayed healthy tho….good luck

  2. silk32 - Mar 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Over a year ago I noted that Wagner and Kyrie Irving were the two best schoolboy guards to come out of the NY/NJ/CT area since mid-90’s >> . If you want to see future schoolboys from the NYC, attend Shock Exchange Comes to Harlem, April 22-23 at Columbia University.

  3. volcom2143 - Mar 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Saw him play in high school 2 times a year because my school was in the same conference . I thought he was the best high school player I’ve ever seen . I still remember the first time we played Camden High , his first shot was one step over half court and was nothing but net . Another year he scored 52 in the 2nd half to beat us by 2 . I hope the best for him . He should Play for the hometown team 76ers . Love to have him .

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