Rumor: Nuggets, Mavs, Rockets, Lakers have all registered interest in Heat’s Wayne Ellington
The Miami Heat have made no indication that they are looking to sell off any of their pieces, but if they do, there are a lot of teams interested in Wayne Ellington.
According to Heat beat writer Greg Sylvander, the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers all have their sights set on Ellington.
The fact that the Heat are rumored to be interested in Bradley Beal probably throws a bit of a wet blanket on the whole Ellington thing for rival teams, as it shows that Miami will likely be a buyer rather than a seller at next month’s trading deadline.
That being said, Ellington does not seem to be happy with his lack of playing time this season, as the shooting guard has played in just 21 games.
Overall, he is averaging 8.3 points and 2.0 rebounds over 22 minutes per game while shooting 36.5 percent from the floor, 37.4 percent from 3-point range and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The 31-year-old signed a one-year contract to remain in South Beach this past summer, but with his role dwindling, it doesn’t seem like Ellington is getting what he expected out of Erik Spoelstra.
Last season, Ellington played in 77 games and registered 11.2 points per game, making 40.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 39.2 percent of his long-distance tries.
The Wynnewood, Pa. native is in his third year with the Heat.
Ellington, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of North Carolina, was originally selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (28th pick overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
He spent three years in Minnesota before stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets prior to finally arriving in Miami during the summer of 2016.
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