Buyout Market: Ellington, Kaminsky, Gortat, Smith

The Pistons will be an aggressive suitor for Wayne Ellington once he reaches the buyout market, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The Suns are expected to reach a buyout and waive the shooting guard, whom they just acquired from the Heat. The Thunder are also reportedly interested in Elllington. Detroit is seeking a veteran addition at shooting guard after trading starter and impending free agent Reggie Bullock to the Lakers.
We have plenty more buyout market developments:
  • The Hornets will look to reach a buyout with big man Frank Kaminsky after failing to trade him, Sean Deveney of Sports Illustrated tweets. The little-used Kaminsky is making $3.62MM this season.
  • Veteran center Marcin Gortat is interested in joining the Warriors but Golden State will take a wait-and-see approach regarding the waiver wire and buyout market, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports tweets. Gortat, a starter most of the season, is expected to be waived by the Clippers.
  • The Cavaliers have no plans to discuss a buyout with J.R. Smith and failing to find a trade partner for the shooting guard, Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweets. Smith is making $14.72MM this season but his $15,68MM salary for next season is not guaranteed unless he remains on the roster through June 30th.
  • The Raptors’ flurry of activity, including an agreed-upon trade with the Grizzlies for center Marc Gasol, will make them an active participant in the buyout market, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post tweets. Toronto will be down to just 10 players on the active roster, plus two two-way players. That means there will be playing time available for free agents that will soon clear waivers.
  • The Celtics do not have an immediate target to fill their open roster spot, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald tweets. Enes Kanter, expected to be bought out by the Knicks as early as today, isn’t believed to be on their radar screen, a source tells Murphy.
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12 thoughts on “Buyout Market: Ellington, Kaminsky, Gortat, Smith

  1. xabial

    “The Hornets will look to reach a buyout with big man Frank Kaminsky after failing to trade him, Sean Deveney of Sports Illustrated tweets.“

    Yikes! How many first round picks was Boston offering?

    • jellbuc

      Not as many as was reported. There is no way if they even offered one Frank would still be on the team. He hasn’t played in weeks.

      • The Celtics reportedly offered the Hornets four first round picks for the #9 pick (aka where Kaminsky went) in the 2015 draft. There was nothing confirmed though over which picks exactly or the protections being attached to the picks in that deal though.

    • 4thinfsgt

      Ainge and the Celtics were offering two 1st for the opportunity to draft a small forward. Sad to see this happening with Frank and Dekker.

  2. formerlyz

    OKC needs to grab Ellington. I thought theyd be in on Belinelli last year before he went to Philly. Literal perfect fit for them

  3. jeremy

    Man who ever need a big will have alot to choice from where the guards at. With Wes gone and Wayne not release yet. There like nothing out there in terms of guards or even sfs. Guess my Lakers might be getting melo

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