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Ellington should be rotation player at reasonable price

7/9/2013

At some point, the Mavericks will address the glaring need for size. So far in free agency, they’ve just loaded up on bodies for the backcourt.

Wayne Ellington is the fourth guard to agree to terms with the Mavs in free agency, joining Jose Calderon, Gal Mekel and Devin Harris.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Ellington should be a rotation player at a reasonable price. His two-year deal worth more than $5 million will likely come out of the Mavs’ “room” exception, meaning he wouldn’t count against the salary cap this season.

Ellington and Harris could compete to start at shooting guard. Ellington, who has played for three teams in four NBA seasons, is a decent defender who has shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range during his career. He averaged 10.4 points in 38 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season after a midseason trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.

With Andrew Bynum in town to meet with the Mavs, Dallas has approximately $8.7 million in salary-cap space. That figure that can be increased in several different ways, including waiving players with nonguaranteed contracts (Josh Akognon and Bernard James), renouncing the Early Bird rights of Brandan Wright or trading a veteran such as Shawn Marion or Vince Carter to a team with cap space.