Knicks Rumors: George Hill, Wayne Ellington Among Potential Free-Agency Targets

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2019

Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington signals after a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Veteran guards Wayne Ellington and George Hill are on the New York Knicks' radar as free agency is set to get underway Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

Ellington has made a name for himself through the years thanks to his perimeter shooting, as he has shot 37.9 percent from three-point range in his 10-year career. He is just one year removed from setting a Miami Heat single-season record with 227 treys.

The 31-year-old guard started the 2018-19 campaign with Miami but was traded to the Phoenix Suns in a midseason deal. He was subsequently waived by Phoenix, ultimately landing with the Detroit Pistons.

Ellington averaged 10.3 points per game last season while shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Knicks ranked 28th in three-point shooting, converting on just 34.0 percent of their attempts.

Hill, on the other hand, split time between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018-19. He averaged 7.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting, posting a career low of 31.4 percent from three-point range. 

He came up big in the postseason, though, registering 11.5 points per game on 53.4 percent shooting. With Hill's strong performance, the Bucks made it beyond the opening round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

The 33-year-old entered the summer with only $1 million of his $18 million salary for next season guaranteed. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Friday that Milwaukee will waive Hill prior to the July 2 deadline on his contract, though the team is interested in re-signing the guard.

Per Begley, both Ellington and Hill could be in the market for long-term deals, potentially affecting the Knicks' pursuit.  Begley noted that New York is looking to sign players to short-term deals to maintain financial flexibility in the future should it miss out on the likes of star free agents Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving.

The Knicks enter free agency with approximately $70 million in cap space, according to Begley.