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REPORT: Suns acquire Wayne Ellington from Heat in Tyler Johnson trade

Wayne Ellington

The Phoenix Suns have acquired shooting guard Wayne Ellington from the Miami Heat in the Tyler Johnson trade, according to Shams Charania of The Atheltic.

Johnson and Ellington are now members of the Suns, while stretch forward Ryan Anderson is headed to South Beach to play for the Heat.

In 25 games this season, Wayne Ellington is averaging 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. The veteran sharpshooter is shooting 37.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.

After playing in 77 games last season for the Heat, Ellington fell out of Erik Spoelstra’s rotation this year and received a bevy of DNP-Coach’s Decision. Ellington is making $6,270,000 this season. He will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

It’s possible Ellington could reach a buyout with the Suns, but there haven’t been any reports stating that yet. Phoenix has one of the worst records in the NBA. They are just 11-44 on the season, last place in the Western Conference standings.

If he is bought out, multiple contenders will try and sign Wayne Ellington, who is a career 38.0 percent shooter from the 3-point line. He’s also a solid defender who has a high IQ of the game. If he sticks around in Phoenix, Ellington will be a good locker room presence.