Pincus: Wayne Ellington opts out, will become an unrestricted free agent

Brooklyn Nets' Wayne Ellington (21) celebrates with a teammate after shooting a three-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Miami. The Nets defeated the Heat 111-105. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Brooklyn Nets’ Wayne Ellington (21) celebrates with a teammate after shooting a three-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Miami. The Nets defeated the Heat 111-105. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Brooklyn Nets' Wayne Ellington (21) celebrates with a teammate after shooting a three-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Miami. The Nets defeated the Heat 111-105. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Wayne Ellington has opted out of the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, reports Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.

The 28 year-old shooting guard will forgo the player option on his deal and test the market, declining another year at 1.5 million.

In his one year with the Brooklyn Nets, Ellington was often the shooter that couldn’t shoot, rendering him a difficult selection off the bench at times. Ellington averaged 7.7 points and 2.3 rebounds over 76 games for the Nets, but none better than his 26-point, 7 3-pointer effort against the Miami Heat in late December.

Additionally, Ellington won a PBWA Citizenship Award for his commitment to anti-gun violence, a response to his late father’s death.

Wherever Ellington ends up next, it will be his seventh team in eight years.

Eric Pincus — Basketball Insiders

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