5 free agent targets to fill Dallas Mavericks final roster spot

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Free-agent to fill Dallas Mavericks final roster spot: 2. Wayne Ellington

The Mavs want to add a 3-and-D wing, who can defend multiple positions and knock down open threes at a high clip. Wayne Ellington is the best available free agent in that mold. The 6’4 wing is not a defensive stopper, but he has the length to guard multiple positions to go with his career 38.2 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Ellington averaged 6.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game for the Los Angeles Lakers last season where he shot 41.4 percent from the field and 38.9 percent on his threes.

The 34-year-old has played for nine different teams in his 13-year NBA career, including one season with the Mavericks back in 2014. He played in just 45 games and averaged only 8.7 minutes per contest. Ellington was still finding his footing in the NBA, and he was part of a crowded wing group that featured Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, and Jae Crowder.

Wayne Ellington would give the Dallas Mavericks another 3-and-D option off the bench. The veteran is capable of handling a fluctuating role that could see him be a DNP-CD on some nights, and he would be a strong fit in coach Kidd’s system.