OFFICIAL: Lakers sign guard Wayne Ellington

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The Los Angeles Lakers have made another addition to their roster.

General manager Mitch Kupchak announced via a statement today that Wayne Ellington had been signed to a deal. The deal is partially guaranteed, according to Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News.

Like Kupchak, Ellington was a North Carolina Tar Heel, and lead the team to an NCAA championship in 2009 before being drafted with the 28th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves just weeks later.

In the 2012-13 season, Ellington was dealt to Byron Scott’s Cleveland Cavaliers, where the guard averaged 10.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 steals in 25.9 minutes per game.

Last season, while playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Ellington shot a career-high 42 percent from three-point range. He’s also an excellent foul shooter with a career average of 85 percent from the stripe, though that number has been over 90 percent over the last two seasons.

Ellington, 26, was traded by the Mavs to Phil Jackson’s New York Knicks earlier this summer, before being rerouted to the Sacramento Kings, who later waived the Pennsylvania native which opened the door for the Lakers to ink him to a contract.

Written by Ross Pickering

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