Wayne Ellington, Pistons Reportedly Agree to Contract After Suns Buyout

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 02:  Wayne Ellington #2 of the Miami Heat reacts after a three pointer against the Utah Jazz during the second half at American Airlines Arena on December 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Wayne Ellington will sign with the Detroit Pistons after he officially clears waivers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

Wojnarowski tweeted Friday that Ellington was expected to land in the Motor City once eligible, noting the Pistons would offer him a role that would give him a chance to showcase his skills for free agency this summer.

Ellington started this season with the Miami Heat after he re-signed with the team last summer. He was used primarily as a shooter off the bench, averaging 8.4 points per game and connecting on 36.8 percent of his three-point attempts. 

The Heat shipped Ellington and Tyler Johnson to Phoenix for Ryan Anderson on Feb. 6.

Per Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith, Ellington waived his de facto no-trade clause to make the deal happen under the assumption he would be dealt again or bought out after the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

Ellington has been in high demand throughout his 10-year NBA career, which has included stints with seven teams. This was his third year with the Heat, tying his longest stay in one spot (2009-12 Minnesota Timberwolves). 

One of the biggest reasons Ellington has been able to stick in the league, despite never averaging more than 11.2 points per game, is his shooting ability. He has a 38 percent success rate from three-point range for his career, including a 36.8 mark in 2018-19. 

A favorable contract made Ellington an attractive candidate for teams before the Pistons grabbed him off the buyout market. 

The Pistons are on the fringes of playoff contention in the Eastern Conference with a 25-29 record. One of their biggest flaws has been three-point shooting. Their 33.7 percent success rate behind the arc ranks 28th in the NBA. 

Ellington provides an immediate upgrade for Pistons head coach Dwane Casey. He becomes their go-to long-range shooter after Reggie Bullock was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers

Detroit’s offense ranks 23rd in points per game (106.2) and offensive efficiency (106.1). Ellington doesn’t solve all of the team’s problems, but he makes them more versatile around Blake Griffin down the stretch this season.  

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via Bleacher Report – NBA http://bit.ly/2gMI6gF

February 9, 2019 at 02:15PM

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