The Los Angeles Lakers have signed unrestricted free agent Wayne Ellington, the team announced via press release. Details of his contract were not immediately available. Ellington was traded to the New York Knicks in the deal that sent Tyson Chandler back to the Dallas Mavericks but was then traded to the Sacramento Kings. The Kings waived the five-year veteran and he's found his new home in Los Angeles.
The Lakers worked Ellington out last week and ultimately decided to add the former North Carolina Tar Heel to their wing rotation. Ellington previously played under new Lakers head coach Byron Scott with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2012-2013 season. He averaged a career-best 10.4 points per game while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc in 38 games played with Scott.
This gives the Lakers insurance in their wing rotation, especially with the possibility Xavier Henry could be limited during training camp. Henry is still recovering from knee and wrist injuries suffered last season.
Ellington has shot 38 percent from three-point range through his career, breaking the 40-percent mark with two of the six teams he's played for. His signing brings the Lakers roster-count up to 14, giving Los Angeles the option to fill-out the final roster slot, or leave it open for flexibility during the season.