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Kings waive Wayne Ellington

Sep 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

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The Kings, who made just a third of their 3-point attempts, were among the NBA’s worst shooting teams from beyond the arc last season.

Nik Stauskas should help, though it’s always dangerous relying on a rookie.

Another payer who could have helped – Wayne Ellington, a solid outside shooter who began the summer with the Mavericks – won’t get the chance.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Assuming the Kings stretched Ellington – a possibility from the moment they traded for him – his remaining salary will count against the cap twice the number of years remaining on his contract (one) plus one. That’s $923,780 each of the next three seasons.

Though that charge could be burdensome down the road, the window to stretch Ellington was now. This – rather than just waiving Ellington and eating his entire salary this season – gives Sacramento a little more leeway under the luxury tax.

Trading Jason Terry for unguaranteed contracts could also help, but this would just be extra cushion that allows more flexibility throughout this season.

  1. mungman69 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Wayne Ellington can help some team that needs shooters. Hey Cavs; Wayne is your guy.
    He played high school ball with Henderson of Carolina so maybe they can get together.

  2. campcouch - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    He won’t go hungry waiting to get picked up.

  3. mungman69 - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    I know that it was high school but Wayne played for Episcopal Academy which was right next to St. Joes University. He and Gerald Henderson (Carolina) were teammates. Wayne was one of the best high school ballers that I’ve ever seen.
    Some experts said that if Wayne could have gone directly to the NBA that he would have been a lottery pick.
    I’ve haven’t seen him play much in the pros but if he can shoot the 3 he will have a job somewhere. Maybe with the Sixers.

  4. fordmandalay - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Lakers

    • ebecks34 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Yeah, let’s reunite him and Wesley Johnson, both SF and Minnesota’s first round picks that didn’t pan out and whose name start with W.

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