Wayne Ellington and the Brooklyn Nets agreed to a deal in principle Thursday morning. Ellington adds to the latest member of an offseason haul featuring Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Steve Blake, Ryan Boatright, Shane Larkin and Thomas Robinson. He joins a crowded backcourt including Boatright, Blake, Larkin, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Markel Brown and Jarrett Jack.
Ellington, 27, played in 65 games for the Lakers last season and started 36 of them. He averaged 10 points per game, 1.6 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.
As a three-point shooter Ellington presents the majority of his value, attempting nearly four long distance shots per game. Last season he made 37% of aforementioned shots and eclipsed 42% in his previous season with the Memphis Grizzlies.
With the departure of Alan Anderson and uncertain future health of Mirza Teletovic a void for three-point shooting glares on the roster. Anderson, a similar player to Ellington played in 74 games last season. While the Nets may search to replace Anderson in different ways such as extending playing time to players with different skill sets, Ellington can identify a niche with the team.
Along with the Nets Ellington garnered interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.
Until the regular season starts the Nets can hold 20 players on their roster, which must reduce to 15 when the season commences.