HEAT Announce Free Agent Signings
MIAMI, July 10 – The Miami HEAT announced today the signings of free agents Wayne Ellington, James Johnson and Derrick Williams. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Ellington, a 6’4”, 200-pound shooting guard, has appeared in 453 regular season games (112 starts) during a seven-year career and has averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 19.6 minutes while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor, 37.6 percent from three-point range and 84.8 percent from the foul line. He has appeared in two postseason games and averaged 4.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 7.0 minutes. Last season, as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he appeared in 76 games and averaged 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 21.3 minutes while connecting on 38.9 percent from the floor, 35.8 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the line. Additionally, he set single-season career highs in three-point field goals made (96) and attempted (268), steals (48) and starts (41). He has made at least 90 treys each of the past two seasons. In addition to playing for Brooklyn last season, Ellington has also played for Minnesota (2009-12), Cleveland (2012-13), Memphis (2012-13), Dallas (2013-14) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2014-15). A former first-round draft pick of the Timberwolves in 2009 (28th overall), Ellington captured the 2015-16 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented annually by the PBWA to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. Ellington was recognized for his efforts to curb gun violence.
Johnson, a 6’9”, 250-pound power forward, has appeared in 398 regular season games (140 starts) during a seven-year career and has averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 18.3 minutes while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor, 26.6 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the foul line. In 19 career postseason games, all off the bench, he has averaged 2.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 8.3 minutes while shooting 39.6 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three-point range and 47.4 percent from the foul line. Last season, as a member of the Toronto Raptors, Johnson appeared in 57 games (32 starts) and averaged 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 16.2 minutes while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from three-point territory and 57.4 percent from the foul line. A former first-round pick of the Chicago Bulls in 2009 (16th overall), Johnson has shot a combined 54.7 percent from the floor these past two seasons, including a career-high 58.9 percent during the 2014-15 season. During his career, Johnson has played for Chicago (2009-11), Toronto (2010-12 and 2014-16), Sacramento (2012-13) and Memphis (2013-14).
Williams, a 6’8”, 240-pound power forward, has appeared in 376 regular season games (101 starts) during a five-year career and has averaged 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 21.4 minutes while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, 29.9 percent from three-point range and 71.5 percent from the foul line. The former second overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves has yet to appear in a postseason game. Last season as a member of the New York Knicks, Williams appeared in a career-high 80 games (nine starts) and averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 17.9 minutes while shooting a career-high 45 percent from the floor, 29.3 percent from three-point range and 75.8 percent from the foul line. He also set personal single-season career highs in both field goals made (194) and assists (75). During his career, Williams has played for Minnesota (2011-14), Sacramento (2013-15) and New York (2015-16).