The Miami Heat decided it could not do without guard Wayne Ellington’s 3-point shooting.
The Heat were able to free enough cap space to bring back one of the main pieces to its bench by picking up the second year of Ellington’s contract for $6.27 million.
The move, announced Friday night, became possible when the Heat were able to shed the $6 million owed to Josh McRoberts, who was traded do Dallas Friday along with a second round pick and cash for second-year center A.J. Hammons.
The Heat then announced they had signed Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters and James Johnson. Olynyk, comes to Miami after playing his first four seasons in Boston.
Waiters and Johnson, like Ellington, return from last season’s 41-41 team, one that finished the season 30-11.
Ellington, 30, made $6 million last season, his first in Miami. He would have become a free agent had the Heat declined their option. He now is under contract for one year and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
After missing the first 16 games of last season because of a thigh bruise, Ellington averaged a career-high 10.5 points while shooting .416 from the field and .378 on threes. He led the Heat with 149 3-point field goals and 394 attempts. More than 70 percent of his field goal attempts were threes.
Ellington joins a deep backcourt that includes starters Goran Dragic and Waiters along with reserves Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson.