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Pistons committed $2.4 million to Wayne Ellington for the rest of the season

The Detroit Pistons are giving newly signed guard Wayne Ellington $2.4 million for the rest of the season, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. That is the balance of the team’s mid-level exception.

Ellington is joining the Pistons after a a series of moves that the team hopes will push them into the playoffs. The stars on the team, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, are having good seasons. However, they seem to be the only bright spots.

At the trade deadline, the Pistons turned Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock into Sviatoslav Mykhailuk, Thon Maker and a second round pick. Their next move was to waive Henry Ellenson in favor of Ellington.

It is good fortune that the Pistons were even able to get Ellington. He was getting solid playing time with Miami. If it weren’t for the Heat trading Ellington and Tyler Johnson to the Phoenix Suns then the Pistons might have had to find someone else. The day after the trade Phoenix waived Ellington, and two days after that Detroit signed him.

The former Minnesota Timberwolves first-rounder was averaging 8.4 points over 21.3 minutes per game with the Miami Heat this season. His role will be to replace Bullock as a three point threat.

Pistons owner Tom Gores is in a win-now mentality. The product on the court was having trouble living up to that standard. However, since moves were made Detroit has found themselves on a three game win streak and tied with the Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.