Wayne Ellington agrees to a deal with Miami
Arguably the best shooter in this year’s batch of free agents is now off the market. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, sharpshooter Wayne Ellington has agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.27 million – the same money he earned a season ago – with the Miami Heat.
This means that Ellington will be back to ply his trade in a Heat uniform for the third-straight season.
Ellington has served as the Heat’s best outside threat last season, when the former North Carolina Tar Heels star buried a career-high 2.9 3-pointers on 4.5 attempts per game. He finished the 2017-18 campaign with averages of 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assists to go with a 40.7 field goal shooting percentage and a 39.2 percent shooting clip from behind the arc.
Although the Heat do not have a spacious leg room in their salary cap, they obviously prioritized the re-signing of Ellington, as the veteran can provide a consistent source of offense. Miami was only 23rd last season in the league in scoring with just 103.4 points per game, so keeping Wayne Ellington should help Miami from producing a worse scoring average for the 2018-19 campaign.
The 30-year-old shooting guard, however, is likely going to compete for minutes with Dion Waiters once the latter is given the green light to get back into action. Waiters is currently recovering from an ankle injury, and it’s uncertain if he can play in the team’s opener next season.