Heat Rumors: Miami Hoping To Re-Sign Wayne Ellington

The Miami Heat are expected to have a relatively quiet offseason with no draft picks and only $3 million in cap space under the luxury tax threshold.

However, they are hoping to bring back sharpshooter Wayne Ellington, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Wayne Ellington, an impending unrestricted free agent, and the Heat would like to find a way to keep him on the team next season, according to multiple people with direct knowledge.

But his return is not certain because of the possibility another team could offer Ellington more than Miami is comfortable paying, especially with the Heat needing to eventually trim salary to keep Ellington and avoid paying a luxury tax.

Ellington has also said he wants to return to Miami, and because they have his early Bird rights, they can go over the cap to sign him for a max of $10.9 million next season. He is expected to receive $8.8 million (the full mid-level exception) offers on the open market.

Miami does not have to be under the luxury tax threshold until the final day of the regular season, and they have been trying to trade center Hassan Whiteside, who will make just under $25.5 million next season. They are also gauging the trade market for guard Tyler Johnson, and forward James Johnson.

Ellington, who has spent the last two seasons with the Heat, averaged 11.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season.

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