RUMOR: Pistons will aggressively try to sign Wayne Ellington on buyout market
Now that the trade deadline has passed, several NBA teams are expected to discuss contract buyouts with some of their players.
One of those teams is the Phoenix Suns, who is expected to waive guard Wayne Ellington within the next 24 hours.
Ellington was traded by the Miami Heat to the Suns yesterday. However, his representatives are negotiating a buyout with Phoenix so that he can sign with a playoff team.
One of the teams who is expected to pursue the nine-year veteran once he’s a free agent is the Detroit Pistons.
Detroit will be among the most aggressive teams in trying to sign guard Wayne Ellington in the buyout market, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
The Pistons are still trying to climb the Eastern Conference standings, hoping that they can make the playoffs this season. Adding Ellington will allow them to have a reliable 3-point shooter that can come off the bench.
Opponents will be cautious to leave him open from beyond the arc, as he’s shooting 36 percent from that area this season.
Another team that’s expected to make a push at signing Ellington is the Los Angeles Lakers, a team looking for decent 3-point shooters with expiring contracts.
Just like the Pistons, the Lakers are currently out of the playoff race in the West, but is expected to make a strong push with the help of LeBron James.
It is unclear if Ellington would like to be with teams that aren’t guaranteed to make the playoffs, but no matter where he goes, he is expected to be an integral part of that team’s postseason run.
Expect more teams to show interest in him once he is officially bought out by the Suns.