Lakers Sign Wayne Ellington


Well, former North Carolina Tar Heel shooting guard Wayne Ellington has another team this offseason. On Monday it was reported that he had been signed by the Los Angeles Lakers, the team in LA that didn’t change ownership over the summer.

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Ellington has had an interesting exodus that sent him north and south and coast to coast. He started in Dallas when he was traded with guards Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin and center Samuel Dalembert for center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton.

He then was shipped to the Sacramento Kings with forward Jeremy Tyler for forward Travis Outlaw and forward Quincy Acy. He stayed on the Kings roster for about five minutes, when the Kings used the stretch provision on his contract and cut him. Ellington will be making 1.4 million a year from the Kings this year and next.

Jul 29, 2014; El Segundo, CA, USA; Byron Scott (second from right) poses for a photo with former Los Angeles Lakers players Jamaal Wilkes and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson at a press conference to announce Scott

This left Ellington a free agent. Now that camps are closing in, Ellington needed a home. The Lakers are evidently it. They are a strange fit for Ellington as they have lots of two guards. There is of course Kobe Bryant and there is also Nick Young and Xavier Henry. There is the possibility of running a three guard lineup, but even then Ellington would only be slightly closer to playing.

Hey, I am just glad the guy ended up somewhere in the League. It was looking pretty hairy as Ellington kept getting dealt to less and less advantageous situations. He can still shoot it. As long as he can do that, someone will want him around.