Wayne Ellington signs with the Brooklyn Nets


Former North Carolina guard Wayne Ellington has got a new home tonight. According to the Brooklyn Nets, they have an agreement with Ellington.

The Brooklyn Nets have been trying to rectify their cap room situation while holding on to certain assets like center Brook Lopez. Wing Alan Anderson therefore signed elsewhere with the Wizards, in search of a better deal. Anderson’s role was to provide shooting.

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Ellington will be called upon to replace Anderson is the Nets lineup. He scored a little over ten points per game playing for the Kobeless Los Angeles Lakers. The absence of Bryant proved to be an opportunity for Ellington to see real action on the court. Ellington averaged about twenty five minutes per game.

Ellington is probably glad that this off season was less exciting than last season. Ellington saw himself with the Mavericks, Knicks, Kings, and finally the Lakers. This year he let Luke Ridnour ride the trade roller coaster and just signed with one team.

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The Brooklyn Nets are still built around their three max contracts, Lopez, Deron Williams, and Joe Johnson. Johnson was mentioned in trade talks with the Cavs. The Nets brought back former Yellow Jacket Thaddeus Young. The Nets made the playoffs last year, but are weak on depth. Ellington would hopefully increase that depth. He could back up either Johnson or whoever the Nets’ starting guard turns out to be.

Ellington is from eastern Pennsylvania, so a move to the Brooklyn Nets is also a move closer to home base for him. This is unlike his childhood friend Gerald Henderson, who ended up on the West Coast. In fact it looks like the two traded coasts.

Ellington now joins Brandan Wright and Danny Green as free agents who have found homes this off season.

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