Wayne Ellington Reveals Why He Chose Lakers Over Nets In 2021 Free Agency

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It has been seven years since veteran shooting guard Wayne Ellington played for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2014, Ellington was part of the trade package that the Lakers acquired from the New York Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. This summer, the former No. 28 pick found himself returning as a member of the Purple and Gold.

On the first day of the 2021 free agency, Ellington agreed to sign a one-year, $2.1 million contract to play for the Lakers in the 2021-22 NBA season.

Wayne Ellington Considered Lakers As 'Perfect Fit'

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In a recent interview with Adam Salcido of Sports Illustrated, Ellington talked about several interesting topics, including his decision to return to the Lakers this summer. Ellington revealed that he considered the Lakers a "perfect fit" in free agency.

“The type of interest that they showed stuck out to me way more than any other team," Ellington said. "I had conversations in the past and before free agency had conversations with some of the guys on the team and it just felt like it was a perfect fit at the perfect timing.”

Lakers Beat Nets In Wayne Ellington Sweepstakes

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The Lakers weren't the only legitimate title contender that tried to acquire Ellington in the 2021 free agency. Before he inked a deal with the Purple and Gold, Ellington revealed that he was also courted by the Brooklyn Nets. However, the veteran shooting guard said that choosing the Lakers over the Nets was actually an "easy decision" for him.

“There was some teams I looked at. Brooklyn was one," Ellington said. "But LA was just, it was too good of a situation for me. Obviously, Brooklyn already has some shooters that do some similar things like I do in Joe Harris and a couple of other guys as well that they have."

Wayne Ellington Perfect Replacement For Danny Green & Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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Ellington is undeniably a great signing for the Lakers. His return to Los Angeles came in perfect time when the Lakers lost two of the three-point shooters - Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - that helped them win the NBA championship title in 2020. Ellington may not be an All-Star, but he's capable of filling the hole left by Green and KCP on the Lakers' roster.

He would give them an elite three-point shooter who could excel in an off-ball capacity. Last season, the 33-year-old shooting guard averaged 9.6 points while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Will Wayne Ellington Finally Win His First NBA Championship Next Season?

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With the emergence of powerhouse teams like the Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, and the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers' road to the 2022 NBA championship won't be easy. However, compared to the first time he wore the Purple and Gold, Ellington would have a more realistic chance of reaching the NBA Finals and capturing his first Larry O'Brien Trophy in the 2021-22 NBA season.

Aside from having the "Big Three" of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook, the Lakers have also added a number of veterans, who, like Ellington, are seriously aiming to win their first NBA championship title next year.

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