Report: Sixers would have interest in Wayne Ellington if he’s bought out by Suns
The trade brought in Harris and two other players but forced Philly to lose some important depth in the process- namely, Landry Shamet.
However, following his dealing from the Miami Heat to the Phoenix Suns, Wayne Ellington could likely become available on the buyout market, where Philly has heavy interest in pursuing the sharpshooting wing.
Wayne Ellington is a player the #Sixers would have interest in if/when he is bought out by Phoenix, I'm told. Philly native would help offset loss of Shamet by adding some bench shooting.
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) February 6, 2019
The Sixers have a stacked starting five of Ben Simmons, J.J. Reddick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid, but their preexisting need for additional depth has only grown since that trade.
Ellington would be the perfect type of player to plug into Philly’s roster. The 31-year-old shooting guard is a reliable deep threat, shooting 36.8 percent from 3 this season and 38 percent for his career.
He likely wouldn’t have a big role with the team but would be able to contribute to a team that has a real chance at title contention.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, that is the type of situation Ellington and his agent are seeking to get him to if they can make a buyout happen.
Phoenix, who sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, is en route to a high draft pick come lottery time, so it is expected that they wouldn’t look to hold on to Ellington for the remainder of the season.
They do have the ability to trade him, however, as long as it is a one-man trade where his salary isn’t aggregated with another player in the deal.
Philadelphia is expected to keep a close on what the future holds for the ex-Miami Heat member.