Wayne Ellington is on the move again and not in a particularly good way. James Hebert of CBS Sports reports that the Sacramento Kings have waived the former Tar Heel shooting guard. This means that if Ellington gets signed by anybody, it will be the fourth team that he has been a member of this off-season. Ellington has spent time on the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, and Sacramento Kings rosters so far.
Ellington was originally traded from Dallas to New York along with guard Shane Larkin, guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, and picks for center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton. Then the Knicks shipped him west with forward Jeremy Tyler to Sacramento for forward Quincy Acy and forward Travis Outlaw.
Ellington then sat on the guard heavy Kings roster with a $2.8 million salary figure. The Kings are reported to have sent guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets in order to save money. The Kings then waived Ellington, and they are likely going to use the NBA’s stretch provision to turn his nearly $3 million cap hit into two $1.4 million cap hits over the next two years.
Ellington is now free to find a situation that best fits him, which has not been true during this whole process. He still shoots above 40% from beyond the arc, so it is not hard to see how a team might integrate him into their roster. Camps are starting sooner that you think, so Ellington needs to find suitors in a hurry.
Though it is hard to identify which teams could use Ellington, one that could be looking for shooting depth is the Oklahoma City Thunder as they try to figure out what to do with the hole between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the court. Also don’t count out one of the teams that traded Ellington bringing him back at reduced price. Here, I am thinking specifically of the Mavericks.
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