Pistons To Release Henry Ellenson To Make Room For Ellington: Report

Just one draft pick remains from the Stan Van Gundy era.

February 08, 2019 - 4:57 pm
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Henry Ellenson's time with the Pistons has come to an end. According to reports, Detroit will release its first-round pick in 2016 to make room on the roster for Wayne Ellington, who the team plans to sign on the buy-out market

Ellenson, drafted 18th overall, played in just two games for the Pistons this season under first-year head coach Dwane Casey. In two seasons under Stan Van Gundy, the coach who drafted him, Ellenson averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 57 games. 

The power forward never turned out to be the all-around offensive threat that Van Gundy envisioned. 

Of the six players the Pistons drafted during Van Gundy's four-year tenure as head coach and president, just one remains on the roster: Luke Kennard (No. 12 overall, 2017). 

Ellenson's release comes as little surprise, as the Pistons had already declined his option for next season and didn't plan on re-signing him. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

The Pistons are adding Ellington, who was traded on Wednesday from Miami to Phoenix and subsequently waived, in an attempt to make the playoffs. The 10-year vet averaged 8.4 points while shooting about 37 percent from three in 25 games this season for the Heat.

Ellington figures to help fill the shoes of Reggie Bullock, who was dealt on Tuesday to the Lakers. 

Detroit is 24-29 and 1.5 games out of the playoffs heading into play Friday night.