REPORT: Thunder among playoff teams who will be interested in Wayne Ellington
If and when he’s bought out by the Phoenix Suns, shooting guard Wayne Ellington is expected to receive interest from multiple playoff teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder will be one of them, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
The Suns acquired Wayne Ellington on Wednesday from the Miami Heat, along with combo guard Tyler Johnson. Ellington and his agent have already begun buyout talks with Phoenix’s front office.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are among the playoff teams who will be interesting in Wayne Ellington if/when Phoenix waives him, per league sources. https://t.co/UAMUhFlU0q
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 6, 2019
You can never have enough shooting in the NBA. Ellington would be a perfect fit in OKC, as he would get wide-open looks from the 3-point line playing alongside Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Dennis Schroder — three players who are elite slashers and can collapse the paint anytime they drive to the hoop.
Ellington played in 25 games this season for the Heat. He averaged 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists and shot 37.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Ellington is making $6,270,000 this year and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
The 28th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Ellington has only been to the postseason twice. Assuming he reaches a buyout agreement with the Suns and isn’t claimed on waivers, Ellington will get to choose one team he wants to join and OKC makes perfect sense.