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Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN 69d

Wayne Ellington close to signing with Pistons

NBA, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns

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.

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