Wayne Ellington
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The New York Knicks have reportedly picked up another veteran shooter in Wayne Ellington, on a two-year deal. 

Collin Loring

It’s only day two of free agency, but it has not played out as hoped for by New York Knicks fans. New York struck out on their long-promised Kevin Durant signing, who chose the Brooklyn Nets instead.

Since, the Knicks have been very active, signing professional and locker room friendly players. The latest, is Wayne Ellington.


Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, he and New York have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $16 million.

Originally drafted in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ellington is a 10-year veteran with credibility behind the three-point line. He most recently played with the Detroit Pistons last season.

In that span, Ellington averaged 12.0 points shooting 37.3% from deep, and knocking down 81 three-pointers total. Ellington is a career 37.9% shooter from beyond the arc.

He joins Reggie Bullock as two veteran shooters brought in by the Knicks. In addition to Ellington and Bullock, the Knicks are shoring up the frontcourt with short-term deals for Julius Randle and Taj Gibson.

Following the signing, New York is left with around $11.5 million in cap space. One to two more signings are inevitable, and they’ll most likely continue to fit the theme.

The Knicks didn’t land Durant, or Kyrie Irving, or even Jimmy Butler. But their Plan B is playing out as well you could hope and they aren’t committing long-term money to second-tier players. This team was fun to watch last year, and that’s not changing this season.

 

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