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Wayne Ellington
Wayne Ellington
Position: G
Born: 11/29/87
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Salary: $6,000,000
“I woke up to a lot of phone calls and texts,” Ellington said Friday, before the Heat played the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Those contacts came after a Twitter report from The Vertical about the Heat attempting to move Ellington and sidelined forward Josh McRoberts in a package deal, ostensibly to unload the $6 million player option on McRoberts’ contract (Ellington, by contrast, is non-guaranteed at $6.3 million for next season). “It’s part of the business. It’s part of what we signed on for,” the 29-year-old 3-point specialist said. “But I’m happy I’m still here, obviously.”
Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington will join several NBA players and coaches at the third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp as part of NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans. In association with the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as well as Nike, the top 67 boys and girls from 32 countries and territories will participate in the camp, which will be held Feb. 17-19 at the New Orleans Pelicans’ practice facility.
NBA and FIBA players and coaches, including Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat; U.S.), Justin Holiday (New York Knicks; U.S.), Meyers Leonard (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets; Democratic Republic of the Congo), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Diallo, Ellington, Holiday, Leonard, Maker and Mudiay will be joined by former NBA player Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), former WNBA players Rushia Brown (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.) and Ruth Riley (U.S.), as well as select players from the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team has not had a discussion to speak specifically about the issue – although the issue was expected to be raised at a meeting Tuesday led by players’ association rep Wayne Ellington – but he’s heard his players talking. “I heard guys talking about it before (Monday’s) shootaround,” he said. “I’m sure they’ll be talking about in the locker room now because it is sad. It’s really sad to see that it’s come to this.”
“There’s something that needs to be done about [gun violence], and I’m the type of guy that I want to be proactive,” Ellington said. “It was something negative that really hurt me and my family. We don’t ever want other families to have to go through that. So me being on the platform that I’m on, being here in the NBA, being here with the Miami HEAT, I want to do as much as I can.” With the help of his agency, the swingman started the Power of W.E. initiative in the summer of 2015 and has since played an active role in speaking out against gun violence. While “W.E.” is both he and his father’s initials, the acronym also stands for the word “we.” “We, our unity as people, as a whole, we can make a difference, man. We just got to love each other, treat each other right and understand that people are different,” Ellington said. “We make mistakes and violence isn’t the answer, especially gun violence.”
In terms of any future events, Ellington said that he didn’t have anything set in stone just yet. However, he’s trying to set things up both in Miami and Philadelphia. Regardless of where these events take place, Ellington simply just wants to raise awareness like he did with the Philadelphia Peace Games this past summer. “Hopefully we can get more and more of the community involved. Like I said, another one of those things that [we] raise awareness and we go out and do this Peace Games, hopefully two or three of those guys that come in that gym are two or three of the people in the stands that are hearing the message and understanding the message that we’re trying to deliver,” Ellington said. “It’ll change them. It’ll change that way they’re going and change it from negative to positive, man. That’s what it’s about.”