Senior adviser Ed Stefanski speaks for the first time since acquiring Svi Mykhailiuk and Thon Maker before the trade deadline. Rod Beard, The Detroit News
Auburn Hills — The Detroit Pistons are set to make another roster addition, even after the trade deadline.
They are close to an agreement with wing Wayne Ellington, a league source told The Detroit News on Friday.
The source requested anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report that the Pistons and Ellington were close to an agreement.
“Ellington is one of the top available players in the post-trade deadline buyout market, and Detroit will score a significant recruiting victory in signing him," Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter.
Ellington, 31, is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who was traded from the Miami Heat to the Phoenix Suns this week and then waived by the Suns. Once Ellington clears waivers this weekend, he’ll become a free agent and can sign with any team.
After the Pistons dealt two of the wings in their rotation, Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson, this week, they have plenty of minutes for Ellington, who will share time with Luke Kennard as the primary scorers.
Ellington posted 8.4 points and shot 37 percent on 3-pointers in 25 games with the Heat this season.
Ellington was selected in the first round, No. 28 overall, in 2009 out of North Carolina.