Guard Wayne Ellington is closing in on a commitment to sign with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.
Ellington is one of the top available players in the post-trade-deadline buyout market, and Detroit would score a significant recruiting victory in signing him.
The Phoenix Suns waived Ellington after acquiring him in a trade with the Miami Heat. He will be a free agent once he clears waivers this weekend.
The Pistons are selling Ellington on taking a bulk of the playing time that opened up with the trade of Reggie Bullock to the Lakers. Ellington will be on a one-year contract and the Pistons offer him a chance to showcase his talent for summer free agency.
The 31-year-old guard averaged 8.4 points in 21.3 minutes per game for the Heat this season, both slightly above his career averages.