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Heat re-sign Wayne Ellington for one year, USD 6.27 mn

Miami is also reportedly interested in adding Carmelo Anthony once his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder is official.


Reuters 13 Jul 2018, 08:21 AM United States
Heat re-sign Wayne Ellington for one year, USD 6.27 mn
  • Miami is also reportedly interested in adding Carmelo Anthony once his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder is official. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Miami Heat agreed to re-sign free agent guard Wayne Ellington for one year and $6.27 million, according to multiple reports Thursday evening.

Ellington, 30, will make the same salary he received last season after earning an even $6 million in 2016-17.

One of the league's top perimeter shooters, Ellington averaged 11.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game last season while shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range. Though his accuracy did not rank among the league's very best, Ellington tied for sixth in the NBA with 227 made 3-pointers on 579 attempts (seventh most), and all players ranked above him played at least 32.2 minutes per game.

Ellington has averaged 2.7 makes on 7.0 attempts from deep per game over the past two seasons, his first two in Miami. In a nine-year career that also included stops in Minnesota, Memphis, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Brooklyn, he has shot 38.1 percent from long distance.

The deal pushes Miami about $4 million over the $123 million luxury tax line, but the team is willing to pay a small tax, according to the Miami Herald.

The Heat could pursue trades to shed salary before the season begins, but reports in recent days have suggested the market is cool for center Hassan Whiteside and shooting guard Tyler Johnson, who each signed lucrative deals two years ago after the salary cap spiked.

Miami is also reportedly interested in adding Carmelo Anthony once his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder is official.

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