Feb 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Wayne Ellington (21) defends a shot by San Antonio Spurs point guard Gary Neal (14) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency Radar: Wayne Ellington

Shooting Guard
Current salary: $2,083,042
Career Stats: 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, .416 field-goal %, .382 three-point %, 10.2 PER
2012-13 Stats:  7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, .427 field-goal %, .392 three-point %, 12.2 PER

Game of the Year

(Memphis) versus Sacramento Kings – 26 points (10-11 FG, 6-7 3P), 4 assists

Outlook

With Chauncey Billups (unrestricted) and Willie Green (restricted) both free agents going into the summer, the Los Angeles Clippers will have a huge void at the shooting guard position and with not a lot of cap room to spend (if they re-sign Chris Paul to the max), this team will need to find solid help for cheap.

Shooting guard Wayne Ellington fits that mold. If the Cleveland Cavaliers choose to let Ellington test the market, the fifth year guard should garner attention from this squad. He struggled during the first stretch of the season as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, but as the season went on his game came around full circle. Most importantly he found his trademark three-pointer. Playing alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, this team needs shooters to spread the floor for their stars. Wayne Ellington’s spot-up numbers (42.9% – MEM, 48.2% – CLE) are everything you want in a role player. Here are Ellington’s numbers (as a Cavalier) compared to the Clippers current shooting guards:

Spot-Up –
Green: 41.9 percent
Ellington: 48.2 percent
Billups: 35.8 percent
Jamal Crawford: 42.1 percent

Transition –
Green: 41.2 percent
Ellington: 46.9 percent
Billups: 39.1 percent
Jamal Crawford: 31.4 percent

It’s clear Ellington isn’t the player the all-around player that Crawford or Billups is, but in a 15-25 minutes a night role he’s a slight step up from what Green provided.Defensively he has the quickness to keep up with shooting guards, but size may be an issue from time to time.

With Crawford as the sixth man, much wouldn’t be required as a starter from Ellington besides floor spacing. He doesn’t command the respect nor have the reputation that Chauncey Billups holds, but he’s the better player heading into 2013. He’s also capable of running back-up point guard for spurts at a time if foul trouble becomes an issue (Eric Bledsoe would likely be gone in this situation).

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