Much like the Nets team as a whole, Wayne Ellington had a season to forget. Ellington had his sights set on improving on a promising season is L.A., but that didn't happen. In fact, Ellington's numbers were even worse than they were with the Lakers.
Ellington averaged 7.8 points on 40 percent shooting and 37 percent from three-point range in 21 minutes per game. With the Lakers, Ellington scored 10 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point territory in 26 minutes per game.
Ellington has a player option that he will need to decide on by June 29th. Ellington's due to make $1.56 Million next season, but with the cap rising it's likely that he will opt out and test the open market. He says he hasn't decided what he will do. If Ellington does test the open market should Brooklyn even make an attempt to sign him?
With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Markel Brown, Sean Kilpatrick and Bojan Bogdanovic all expected to be on the team next season, there won't be a lot of room for Ellington. It's hard to imagine Brooklyn bringing him back if he does opt out.
Ellington, 28 is what he is at this point in his career and it's hard to imagine there's room for improvement. On a Nets team that is looking to develop younger players to help them in the future, it just doesn't make much sense for the Nets to bring Ellington back ... unless he chooses to.
Ellington had one real shining moment with the Nets this season in Miami against the Heat. Ellington caught fire and was the reason that Brooklyn came back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter. Ellington had seven three-pointer's and it was one of his only positive moments of the season.
The Nets had high hopes for Ellington because of his ability to catch fire like he did versus Miami, but this season he wasn't able to maintain a hot streak for any consistent stretch. It wasn't until late January that he had more than a two-game stretch of double digit games. In November, he shot 25 percent from three. In December, he jumped up to 40.8, then back down to 29.9 in January, better than 40 percent in February and March before dropping to 33.3 percent in April. Considering his limited offensive and defensive skills, that's not good enough.
Ellington has been around, the Nets are his sixth NBA team -- Minnesota, Cleveland, Memphis, Dallas, Lakers and now the Nets. The Knicks had him under contract for a while, too. So it's no surprise he may be on another team next season.
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