Wayne Ellington has bounced around the NBA since being drafted in 2009. During that time, he's played for five teams -- Minnesota, Cleveland, Memphis, Dallas and last year, the Lakers. He was also the property of the Knicks for six weeks last summer.
Now, after his best season in L.A., Ellington is in Brooklyn, reunited with Lionel Hollins, who he played for in Memphis three years ago. He's also reunited with Shane Larkin, who he played with in Dallas. A free agent signing --at a pay cut-- Ellington says Brooklyn was a "perfect" fit.
"I had a lot of conversations with my agent, weighing options out, but this was just the perfect spot for me, on the court obviously and off the court as well," he told the Nets' Kathryn Przyybla recently. "I’m from the Philadelphia area so I’m from right down the street. This is a lovely spot for me and I’m very happy."
Ellington will be closer to his mother and two older sisters. He lost his father last season when he was shot and killed on the streets of Philadelphia.
A three-point specialist who's shot 40 percent or better four times, Ellington calls the three his "signature" move. "Three, shoot it from the three, that’s my thing. I like the between-the-legs step-back, that’s my go-to."
The 27-year-old is expected to see a lot of time behind Joe Johnson and Bojan Bogdanovic, in a crowded field that includes Sergey Karasev, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Markel Brown.
"I’m definitely ready to go," he says. "I’m excited for the season and think we’re going to surprise a lot of people. We’ve got a group that can get it done, going to play together and we’re going to bring it. Brooklyn basketball, we’re going to represent."
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