Another NBA player has chosen Brooklyn.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that 22-year-old forward Henry Ellenson has agreed to sign a two-way deal with the Nets, where he will compete for a role on the team's bench. He will also be eligible to be sent down and recalled from the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn's G-League affiliate, without having to be placed on waivers.
Ellenson is a big forward at 6'11 and 245 pounds, but profiles best as a stretch four. Over his first three NBA seasons, Ellenson has averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 35.3 percent on three-pointers. He had his best statistical season last year, averaging 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds while hitting 44.7 percent of his three-pointers with both the Pistons and Knicks.
Originally drafted 18th overall in 2016 by Detroit, the Knicks claimed Ellenson in February. He played in just 17 games for the club, but his relationship with the team seemed to be on good terms into this summer. The team declined Ellenson's option, but he was originally slated to play on the Knicks' Las Vegas Summer League team and seemed like an option for the Knicks' final roster spot. Instead, he left the team for "personal reasons" and ended up signing with the Nets over a week later.
Ellenson wasn't going to get as much playing time in the crowded Knicks rotation, which includes a deep mix of veterans and young players and has several options at power forward. Ellenson could see some time with the Nets, who are a little short on bench bigs.
On a two-way deal with minimal risk, adding Ellenson can only help the Nets.