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Wayne Ellington | Guard | #2

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 208
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (28) / MIN
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Wayne Ellington said it meant "a heckuva lot" to him that the Heat picked up his $6.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.
"At the end of the season, Pat told me ‘I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,’" said Ellington. "It made me feel like he was going to do what he had to do to get our team better – which I feel like he did – but at the same time I was able to stay on board. I’m ecstatic about that." Ellington was able to get on the floor more than usual last year with due to a plethora of injuries in Miami's backcourt, but he might not be quite as involved next season if the guys like Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are able to stay healthy. Jul 19 - 11:24 AM

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The Heat have retained Wayne Ellington by picking up his $6.3 million team option for the 2017-18 season.

Part of the reason Miami traded away Josh McRoberts on Friday was to clear the cap space necessary to pick up Ellington's option. Ellington averaged a career-high 10.5 points and 2.4 3-pointers last season. However, the Heat have plenty of depth in their backcourt and on the wing. If the players ahead of Ellington in the rotation stay healthy, it will be very difficult for him to match the numbers he posted last season.
Jul 8 - 9:29 AM

Miami is "strongly considering" retaining Wayne Ellington.

The Heat have a team option on Ellington worth $6.3 million for the 2017-18 season, and they'll have until Friday before they need to make an official decision here. Ellington was a solid role player with the Heat this past season, but he's not going to have much fantasy value at all, regardless of where he winds up.
Jul 5 - 1:30 PM

Wayne Ellington said that he hopes to return to Miami to play for the Heat next season.

The Heat have a $6.3 million team option to bring Ellington back for the 2017-18 season. During his exit interview, Ellington made it clear that he hopes to return. "This is the place I want to be. This is the place that feels like home for me and feels really good to me." Ellington averaged a career-high 10.5 points and 2.4 3-pointers this season, while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and 37.8 percent from downtown.
Apr 18 - 9:47 AM

Wayne Ellington did not score in 13 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra went with his starters more than expected, so Ellington didn't see much court time as a proud papa. Now that Josh Richardson looks healthy, Ellington may be more of a situation guy going forward.
Mar 23 - 10:11 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he's planning on Wayne Ellington (personal) being available for Thursday against the Raptors.

He was with his family to witness the birth of his son. With Ellington back, he should be looking at minutes in the upper 20s with several attempts from deep. In his last two, Ellington averaged 10.0 points in 25.0 minutes per game. He's a specialist for owners looking to add more treys.
Mar 23 - 5:56 PM

Wayne Ellington (personal) is expected to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors.

Ellington became a father on Wednesday and wasn't with the team at the morning shootaround, but he's expected to make it to Thursday's game on time. With Dion Waiters (ankle) out indefinitely, Ellington will continue to be a nice source of 3-pointers in deeper formats, but Josh Richardson is a better pickup.
Mar 23 - 11:59 AM

Wayne Ellington played 27 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, two assists and a steal on Tuesday.

With Dion Waiters out indefinitely with an ankle injury, Josh Richardson is starting. But the Heat know that Ellington can hit open threes, and his minutes should see a bump as long as Waiters is out. If. you need 3-pointers, he might be the best pure shooter on your waiver wire and he's averaging 13 points and 3.4 3-pointers over this last five games.
Mar 21 - 11:18 PM

Wayne Ellington came off the bench on Sunday, hitting 3-of-10 shots for nine points in 23 minutes, with all of his attempts coming from downtown.

This is precisely why we always refer to Ellington as a 3-point specialist. He chipped in five rebounds but didn't have any other stats to his credit tonight. There's a chance that he or Tyler Johnson (14 points in 31 minutes) will earn a start in the near future, because Dion Waiters (ankle) is out for an extended period and coach Erik Spoelstra wouldn't commit to tonight's starting unit. It's just something to watch for this week.
Mar 19 - 9:48 PM

Wayne Ellington will come off the bench on Sunday against the Blazers.

The Heat will go with Josh Richardson's defense first against the Blazers. Ellington should still get minutes in the upper 20s, so he's a points and treys specialist while Dion Waiters is out.
Mar 19 - 5:28 PM

Wayne Ellington is likely to start for Dion Waiters (ankle) on Sunday.

This is expected to be the move after Ellington started the second half on Friday. Josh Richardson should still be getting plenty of minutes off the bench as coach Erik Spoesltra wants to keep his second unit guards together. Richardson is the better speculative pickup while Waiters is down.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Ellington has definitely frustrated fantasy players plenty of times this season when he’s started. The last time he started against Portland he struggled to 17.9 FanDuel points. However, he was ice cold from deep, making one trey on eight attempts. On the season, he’s shooting 38% from downtown and he’s been red hot in March (45%). Fortunately, he’s taken at least eight 3PAs in ten of 13 starts this season. He’s in a nice spot today – Miami’s implied total of 108.8 is 6.2 points above their average – and he’s a viable high-risk contrarian tournament option; we’re projecting 7.5% ownership on FD.
Mar 19 - 12:35 PM

Wayne Ellington started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Wolves, finishing with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting.

He only played 18 minutes with two rebounds, one triple and one assist, and while it looks like Dion Waiters is going to miss some time with an ankle injury, Josh Richardson looks like the better speculative add -- Richardson played 32 minutes. Unless you need to stream some triples on Sunday, leave Ellington on the wire.
Mar 17 - 11:35 PM

Wayne Ellington sank five 3-pointers en route to 19 points during Wednesday's 120-112 win vs. the visiting Pelicans.

Miami has won 18 straight games when making at least 10 triples, and they poured in 16 tonight. Ellington is shooting very well lately and makes for a fine specialist, as long as you're not expecting more than his 12.3 points and 3.5 triples per game since the break.
Source: AP
Mar 16 - 12:11 AM

Wayne Ellington scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, in Sunday's loss against the Pacers.

Ellington was a very efficient 7-of-13 from the field and he chipped in with two assists and a rebound in 27 minutes off the bench. He is on pace to have his best season as a pro, averaging 11.1 points per game. After bouncing around with seven organizations in nine years in the NBA, it appears he might have finally found a home in South Florida.
Mar 12 - 9:09 PM

Wayne Ellington was hot off the bench in Monday's game against the Cavaliers, posting 18 points with four rebounds and four assists.

Ellington dropped in five triples on 10 attempts from behind the arc in 32 minutes. He gave Erik Spoelstra some much needed production with Tyler Johnson (neck, shoulder) inactive for Monday's battle. If Johnson needs more time to recuperate it will be Ellington, Rodney McGruder and Josh Richardson splitting up the minutes.
Mar 6 - 9:42 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
PF1James Johnson
2Kelly Olynyk
3Okaro White
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Edrice Adebayo
3A.J. Hammons
4Udonis Haslem