Wayne Ellington Rumors

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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: $6,270,000
Ellington, who joined the Heat in the wake of Wade’s departure, said he appreciated the talk of a potential Wade return, well aware of the respect in South Florida from Wade’s first 13 NBA seasons. “Obviously this is something that D-Wade helped build,” the 3-point specialist said, “so obviously this city and us as a team being able to have somebody like that on our team would be amazing.”
“We’re always together,” Ellington said, having spent last week at Dion Waiters’ fundraiser in their hometown of Philadelphia. “We’re always trying to support each other and hang out with each other. I mean, we were in the gym this morning and there were seven guys in there on a Saturday morning in August. I don’t know if there’s a lot of teams that have that going on. So that kind of just shows the type of dedication we have in our franchise.”
Olynyk said he has had the opportunity to hit the practice court with James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Adebayo and Hassan Whiteside, who apparently is becoming a fast friend. “He’s a great guy, a great character, a super nice guy,” he said of their encounters. “But he’s a beast. I’m really excited to play with him and be able to play with a guy of his size and his abilities on the floor, defensively, offensively, on the glass. He’s awesome to be around and [I’m] really looking forward to playing with him.”
It wasn’t easy, though, as the Heat faced a July 7 deadline to make a decision on Ellington and barely had enough salary cap space to bring him back. To create enough room for Ellington’s $6.3 million salary, Miami traded away Josh McRoberts and shaved off additional money from the cap hits of Waiters and Olynyk by including bonuses in their contracts that don’t count against the team’s salary cap. “I was just patient and relaxed, honestly, because I understand at the end of the day that I had to listen to what Pat told me and I had faith in that,” Ellington said Tuesday during an appearance at the Heat’s summer youth basketball camp at Nova High School.
The return of Waiters, Johnson and guard Wayne Ellington means the Heat could have up to 11 players from last season’s team back on the roster. Udonis Haslem is another free agent expected to return. And Whiteside believes that means a jump in the standings. “I definitely think we can be a top four team in the East,” Whiteside said when asked for the Heat’s ceiling. “I don’t think that’s out of the question. I believe in these guys and we’re going to keep building and keep doing what we did last year.”