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Wayne Ellington
SG - 6'4, 207lbs - 36 years old - 13 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2023 season
  • Birthdate: 11/29/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 28th pick, 2009
  • Pre-draft team: North Carolina
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2009 NBA DraftNBADrafted 28th overall by Minnesota.
9th July, 2009NBASigned four year, $5,319,452 rookie scale contract with Minnesota. Included team options for 2011/12 and 2012/13.
1st November, 2010NBAMinnesota exercised 2011/12 team option.
30th June, 2011NBAMinnesota exercised 2012/13 team option.
24th July, 2012NBATraded by Minnesota to Memphis in exchange for Dante Cunningham.
22nd January, 2013NBATraded by Memphis, along with Marreese Speights, Josh Selby and a future protected first round pick (#20, 2017, Harry Giles), to Cleveland in exchange for Jon Leuer.
26th July, 2013NBASigned a two year, $5,423,340 contract with Dallas.
25th June, 2014NBATraded by Dallas, along with Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin, Samuel Dalembert and two 2014 second round picks (#34, Cleanthony Early; #51, Thanasis Antetokounmpo) to New York in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.
6th August, 2014NBATraded by New York, along with Jeremy Tyler and the removal of the protection on their outstanding and previously conveyed 2016 second round draft pick (#37, Chinanu Onuaku), to Sacramento in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.
31st August, 2014NBAWaived by Sacramento.
22nd September, 2014NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with L.A. Lakers.
9th July, 2015NBASigned a two year, $3,067,500 contract with Brooklyn. Included player option for 2016/17.
30th June, 2016NBADeclined 2016/17 player option.
10th July, 2016NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year, $12.27 million contract with Miami.
13th July, 2018NBARe-signed by Miami to a one year, $6.27 million contract.
6th February, 2019NBATraded by Miami, along with Tyler Johnson, to Phoenix in exchange for Ryan Anderson.
7th February, 2019NBAWaived by Phoenix.
9th February, 2019NBASigned a $2,383,076 contract for the remainder of the season with Detroit.
Career Moves
2006 - 2009North Carolina (NCAA)
June 2009 - July 2012Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
July 2012 - January 2013Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
January 2013 - June 2013Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2014Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
June 2014 - August 2014New York Knicks (NBA)
August 2014Sacramento Kings (NBA)
September 2014 - June 2015L.A. Lakers (NBA)
July 2015 - June 2016Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
July 2016 - February 2019Miami Heat (NBA)
February 2019Phoenix Suns (NBA)
February 2019 - presentDetroit Pistons (NBA)
Articles about Wayne Ellington

June 29, 2017

Wayne Ellington
SG, 6’4, 200lbs, 29 years old, 8 years of experience

Cast up far more three-pointers than ever before, and hit 37.8% of them, leading to a career high .565% three shooting percentage and a career-best season. Ellington also cut his turnover percentage to 5.0%, and while his offensive game is becoming increasingly one-dimensional, that is seemingly a good thing, because it is improving his performance; he can’t dribble, so he’s stopped trying. Ellington does not however fit the three-and-D wing profile because his defence is poor, with no ability of note to keep his man in front and a fair few missed rotations. His unguaranteed contract pays a reasonable market price for a shooter, yet the defensive questions do leave him in the firing line.

Player Plan: Unguaranteed $6.27 million contract for 2016/17. Can likely be waived and brought back for less, should he be wanted enough. There is probably enough room between the current salary picture and the tax limit to re-sign important players while adding to the team from outside without going over it, but why risk it for Wayne Ellington?

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July 14, 2010

Wayne Ellington

Wayne Ellington is Minnesota's only shooting guard, and yet they still won't play him. Ellington was forced (as were we) to watch Sasha Pavlovic and Damien Wilkins play a combined 2,462 minutes last season, while both playing really really badly (particularly Pavlovic, who was arguably the worst player in the league last year that actually played). And when he did get to play, he didn't do especially well either improving as the season went on but finishing at only 6.6 points per game on 42% shooting. Nevertheless, Ellington shot 40% from three point range, which gives him a use on next year's Timberwolves squad. (If he's still there.)

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June 27, 2010

More importantly, he's not the right player for the Timberwolves. You've just drafted Wesley Johnson, you've just traded for Martell Webster, and you've already got Corey Brewer. Do you really need another small forward? Brewer is the best half-court creator and playmaker of those four, and that's not an endorsement of Corey Brewer. Last year was the point guard draft; this year is the small forward draft. We can only hope that next year, Kahn finally realises the huge shooting guard hole. Either that, or he's as big of a Wayne Ellington fan as I am. (Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I maintain that he is the next Voshon Lenard. And I base that on absolutely nothing.)

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