Ellington told the Miami Herald previously that he would not rule out going to Heat management and asking to trade him to a team where he can play more. Ellington, signed to a one-year, $6.3 million contract, has the right to approve any trade. Dealing Ellington might make sense for Miami because the Heat’s current tax bill would be $9.7 million if payroll isn’t lowered by the final day of the regular season. But there is no ownership edict to get back under the tax line and that would be difficult to achieve anyway. One challenge with dealing Ellington is that Miami might need to take a contract back. Only a few teams can absorb a contract such as Ellington’s without sending money back to Miami. One is Sacramento, which has $11 million in cap space. Detroit, Denver and Charlotte have trade exceptions exceeding $6 million.
Bobby Marks: Rodney McGruder has now met the starter criteria in his contract. The Miami Heat guard has now started 41 games this season and will be eligible to receive a $3M (from $1.9M) Qualifying Offer. McGruder signed a three-year $3.4M contract with the Heat during the summer of 2016.
Omari Sanfoka II: Per sources, the #Grizzlies have applied for a Disabled Player Exception for Dillon Brooks.
The signing restrictions for Marcus Smart, Joe Harris, Zach LaVine, Rodney Hood, Nikola Jokic, Will Barton, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Avery Bradley, Montrezl Harrell, Paul George, Jerami Grant, Aaron Gordon, Jusuf Nurkic, Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes, Fred VanVleet, Derrick Favors, Raul Neto and Dante Exum will be lifted on Tuesday January 15. Hood and LaVine have veto power on any trade.
Albert Nahmad: Patrick McCaw has officially signed a one-year, $$778K rest-of-season minimum-salary contract with the Toronto Raptors. Add it to the $297K he got from the Cavaliers and he’ll make $1.1M total.