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Wayne Ellington | Guard

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
College: North Carolina
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Wayne Ellington said that he would like to return with the Lakers next season.
Ellington had a career-year playing for the Lakers this season, posting averages of 10.0 points and 1.4 three-pointers per game on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. However, Ellington wasn't really given the opportunity to produce until the Lakers had been decimated by injuries, and there's no telling what their roster will look like next season. Basically, Ellington is capable of putting up value on a team that is tanking, but it would be hard for him to get into the rotation on a team that is playing for something. He'll be an unrestricted free agent when the offseason hits. Apr 14 - 4:15 PM

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Wayne Ellington (shoulder) could be 100 percent in May, according to coach Byron Scott.

It's just a Grade 1 separation, so the damage to his shoulder isn't too severe and it shouldn't affect his career beyond this season. Ellington will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Apr 3 - 3:19 PM

Wayne Ellington (shoulder) will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season due to a Grade 1 shoulder separation.

He suffered the shoulder injury on Wednesday and an MRI confirmed the diagnosis today. Considering it's just a Grade 1, he should be fine for next season. With Ellington out, Wesley Johnson, Jeremy Lin and Jabari Brown should benefit. Lin and Johnson are worth looks in standard leagues. The Lakers also have games on Friday and Sunday this weekend.
Apr 2 - 8:12 PM

Lakers' head coach Byron Scott said on Thursday that he doesn't believe Wayne Ellington (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Trail Blazers.

"I don’t see him playing tomorrow," Scott said. "I really like Wayne a lot. And I know he’s one of those guys who wants to play, so we’ll just have to wait and see." Ellington is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday, so we'll have a better idea on his status following the results of that. It’s worth noting that the Lakers have applied for a hardship exception from the league in order to bring a 16th man onto the roster, so Ellington is looking pretty doubtful for Friday. Jeremy Lin will be the primary beneficiary with Ellington sidelined.
Apr 2 - 5:24 PM

Wayne Ellington (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday.

Ellington suffered what the Lakers are currently calling a mild shoulder separation during Wednesday's game, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Friday's game vs. Portland. If he's forced to sit, Jeremy Lin and Jabari Brown would likely be forced into heavy minutes, with newly signed Dwight Buycks having the opportunity to get into the rotation. Stay tuned.
Apr 2 - 3:03 PM

Wayne Ellington suffered a mild shoulder separation on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

It was a late-game collision and there's a decent chance Ellington misses time. If he does, Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson and Jabari Brown would all get a slight uptick in value. Ellington finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes vs. the Pelicans.
Apr 2 - 1:10 AM

Wayne Ellington scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four threes, three boards and three assists over 43 minutes in Monday's overtime win.

Ellington could be slated into big minutes if the Lakers' continue to rest so many guys and that will make him a late-round asset, relevant if you need 3-point shooting, scoring and a trickle of other popcorn stats.
Mar 31 - 12:06 AM

Wayne Ellington made the most of his return to the starting unit on Sunday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, to go with five rebounds, two assists, three 3-pointers and two turnovers over 30 minutes of action.

Ellington's numbers as a starter are significantly better than his averages as a reserve, but Jeremy Lin (illness) could be back as soon as Monday, so owners of Ellington will want to check in on the status of Lin before deploying him. Ellington can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but he's by no means a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 5:57 PM

Wayne Ellington will start at shooting guard for Sunday's game vs. the Nets with Jeremy Lin (illness) unavailable.

With Lin out today, Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are going to be forced into heavy minutes with a very favorable matchup against the Nets. Jabari Brown will also have the opportunity to log extended minutes off the bench, but Clarkson and Ellington are the guys that should be targeted in daily leagues.
Mar 29 - 2:08 PM

Wayne Ellington came off the bench and played a team-high 39 minutes, hitting 3-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's overtime loss to Minnesota.

Ellington complied with the Lakers' wish to lose this game, but they still pulled it out in OT. Ellington has had potential all season, but has rarely come through for his owners. The minutes and shots were a lot more encouraging than the results, but he might be worth a flier if you have someone to cut.
Mar 26 - 1:38 AM

Wayne Ellington scored 15 points off L.A.'s bench on Tuesday, making 6-of-14 FGs with three 3-pointers, three boards, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

Ellington was a drag on standard-league rosters even while starting, returning positive value in just one category (3-pointers), so his benching may seal his fate as a waiver wire regular. Don't hesitate to cut him for a free agent with more upside.
Mar 24 - 11:34 PM

Wayne Ellington will move to the Lakers bench on Tuesday with Jeremy Lin starting alongside Jordan Clarkson.

Ellington is averaging just 16.4 minutes as a reserve this season and he's unlikely to muster any value now that Lin has leap-frogged him in the rotation. There should be better 3-point specialists available on every waiver wire.
Mar 24 - 8:00 PM

Head coach Byron Scott said that the Lakers will "absolutely" consider re-signing Wayne Ellington this offseason.

"He made himself a valuable part of this team," Scott said. "We don’t know what next year holds. But he has shown 30 teams he knows how to play the game." Ellington has made strides on the defensive end this season and is much more versatile on offense, so it makes sense for the Lakers to retain him. Free agency and the draft are obviously the priorities for the Lakers, so it remains to be seen if they will make a move for him in the summer. Ellington is averaging 10.2 points, 2.2 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, and he should be able to hold low-end value in most leagues for the final stretch.
Mar 21 - 11:45 AM

Wayne Ellington hit 6-of-13 shots (including two threes) for 14 points, three rebounds, four assists and one steal in Friday's loss.

Ellington has struggled shooting the ball lately and that has put him below the cut-line in standard formats. But with the type of minutes he gets consistently, as long as he is shooting north of 40 percent he stands a very good chance of returning late-round value. Give him a hard look.
Mar 7 - 1:36 AM

Wayne Ellington logged a team-high 37 minutes on Tuesday but he scored only seven points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and zero assists, steals or blocks.

He opened the game with five points in three minutes before vanishing offensively, and it's hard to rely on him for anything more than scoring and 3-pointers despite his continued starting role.
Mar 3 - 10:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jordan Clarkson
2Jeremy Lin
3Dwight Buycks
4Ronnie Price
SG1Wayne Ellington
2Nick Young
3Kobe Bryant
4Jabari Brown
5Vander Blue
SF1Ryan Kelly
2Wes Johnson
PF1Tarik Black
2Carlos Boozer
3Ed Davis
4Julius Randle
C1Robert Sacre
2Jordan Hill