It is technically a two-year deal for Ellenson, who will have team option for the second year, but the former 18th overall pick appeared to have done enough in his lone game with the Knicks to remain with the team. Ellenson posted 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists in his Knicks debut against the Magic on Tuesday and should be in line for more minutes as the season moves forward.
Making only his second appearance for the Knicks since signing a 10-day deal, Ellenson effectively took Luke Kornet's spot in the rotation, as the latter was limited to just four minutes. Spearheaded by Ellenson, Mitchell Robinson, Emmanuel Mudiay and Allonzo Trier, the second unit guided the Knicks to a huge fourth-quarter comeback, but that doesn't necessarily mean all will be guaranteed expanded roles moving forward. At this time, only Robinson looks like a safe bet to deliver lasting fantasy value over what's left of the season.
The former 18th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ellenson was released by the Pistons near the trade deadline to add Wayne Ellington. The Knicks will opt to take a chance on the 22-year-old big man out of Marquette, who has shot 32.3 percent from distance in his three-year career. It seems unlikely he'll carry much, if any, standard fantasy league relevance.
Ellenson is expected to be released by Detroit, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
The Pistons are hoping to sign Wayne Ellington when he clears waivers and to be able to do so, the team must make a roster spot available. It's reported that Ellenson will be the odd man out of Detroit when the team signs Ellington.
Ellenson was recalled from the G League, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Ellenson will rejoin the Pistons on Sunday and will be available to play in Monday's matchup versus the Nuggets if called upon. The Marquette product has played in only two games so far with the Pistons this year, averaging 12.5 minutes per contest.
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