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Pistons sign Ellington, waive Ellenson

February 10, 2019
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, file photo, Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) controls the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. In a move announced Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, the Detroit Pistons have signed guard Wayne Ellington and waived 2016 first-round draft pick Henry Ellenson. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, file photo, Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) controls the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. In a move announced Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, the Detroit Pistons have signed guard Wayne Ellington and waived 2016 first-round draft pick Henry Ellenson. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have signed guard Wayne Ellington and waived 2016 first-round draft pick Henry Ellenson.

The Pistons announced the moves Saturday night.

The 6-foot-5 Ellington is in his 10th NBA season. He averaged 8.4 points with Miami this season before he was traded to Phoenix and then waived. The Pistons needed outside shooting after trading Reggie Bullock.

Ellenson, who was drafted with the 18th pick in 2016, has averaged just 3.8 points in 59 NBA games. The Pistons traded Stanley Johnson, their 2015 first-round pick, earlier in the week.

Ellington is the Heat record holder for 3-pointers made in a season. He also won the national championship at North Carolina in 2009, when the Final Four was played in Detroit.

The Pistons traded Bullock and Johnson before the deadline, but Detroit still has its formidable frontcourt tandem of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. The Pistons made it clear they’re still hoping to make the playoffs, and team executive Ed Stefanski said Detroit would still be looking to add players .

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