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The Detroit Pistons intend to waive power forward Henry Ellenson to make for shooting guard Wayne Ellington, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Ellenson is 6-foot-11 and has appeared in just two games this season. He has appeared in 59 games in three NBA seasons overall, compiling averages of 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds.
The Pistons drafted Ellenson with the No. 18 overall pick in 2016. He was due to enter unrestricted free agency this offseason as the Pistons declined to pick up his contract option in October.
Ellington, 31, was acquired by the Phoenix Suns in a trade Wednesday with the Miami Heat. The Suns promptly waived him.
He appeared in 35 games with the Heat and averaged 8.4 points on 38 percent shooting. That included 37 percent on 3-pointers.
The Pistons traded shooting guard Reggie Bullock to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week for rookie shooting guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.
“The timing of Ellenson’s release remains unclear — Ellington won’t clear waivers today, so the Pistons may wait until the veteran is ready to officially sign with the team before they make their corresponding move with Ellenson,” Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote.