Lakers’ Byron Scott believes Wayne Ellington’s shoulder will heal by sometime in May

Lakers Wayne Ellington forces Dallas´ Monta Ellis down during second half action at Staples Center Sunday, March 8, 2015. Dallas defeated the Lakers 100-93. ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News )

Lakers Wayne Ellington forces Dallas´ Monta Ellis down during second half action at Staples Center Sunday, March 8, 2015. Dallas defeated the Lakers 100-93. ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News )

Shortly after Lakers guard Wayne Ellington encountered a collision in the waning seconds of Thursday’s loss to New Orleans at Staples Center, coach Byron Scott gave him some feedback both to break the ice and add a dose of honesty.

In a half-joking manner, Scott told Ellington, ” You’re done for the season. You do know that.”

An MRI taken on Thursday later confirmed a grade 1 separation in Ellington’s right shoulder, an injury that will indeed sideline him for the eight remaining games, including when the Lakers (20-54) host the Portland Trail Blazers (48-26) on Friday at Staples Center.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” Scott said. “I was disappointed for him because he had such a great season and had been such a great pro. I’m sure he wanted to finish it out.”

Yet, Scott said that Ellington will likely fully heal his shoulder by sometime next month, something that should assuage his concerns when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. The Lakers will mostly prioritize their offseason needs through the NBA draft and chasing marquee free agents. But Scott said the Lakers would “absolutely” consider re-signing Ellington for various reasons.
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Lakers to add another D-League player

Lakers head coach Byron Scott finds himsel in a similar situation to the one he experience before as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lakers take on Caves Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Lakers head coach Byron Scott finds himsel in a similar situation to the one he experience before as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lakers take on Caves Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

A little less than two weeks remain in the Lakers’ 2014-15 season, and they still are making changes to their fledgling roster.

Lakers coach Byron Scott said they are nearing a deal with an unnamed player from the Development League amid season-ending and long-term injuries. That includes Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (right leg), Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon), Ronnie Price (right elbow), Nick Young (left knee) and Wayne Ellington (right shoulder). Because of that, the Lakers asked the NBA for a hardship exception. That tool gives the Lakers’ flexibility to increase their roster size to 16 since four players are out with injury.

Assuming the Lakers sign the player, Scott said there is a “possibility” he will suit up when the Lakers (20-54) host the Portland Trail Blazers (48-26) on Friday at Staples Center. But Scott said it seems more likely the player will first play in Sunday’s designated home game against the Clippers at Staples Center so he can practice in five-on-five drills on Saturday.

The Lakers also signed guard Jabari Brown this week for the rest of the season and a non-guaranteed contract for the 2015-16 season after playing through a pair of 10-day contracts via a hardship exception. The Brown signing coincided with the Lakers waiving the retired Nash to keep the roster at the league-maximum 15 players.

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TWC SportsNet panel discusses Wayne Ellington’s shoulder injury

In a sentence that has been written too many times to count, the Lakers lost another player to a season-ending injury.

Lakers guard Wayne Ellington will miss the remainder of the Lakers’ 2014-15 season because of a separated right shoulder. The injury, which an MRI confirmed as a grade 1 separation, happened during a collision toward the tail end of the Lakers’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at Staples Center.

That all sparked an interesting discussion Thursday night on Time Warner Cable’s Access SportsNet. Then, host Chris McGee, analyst Dave Miller and I analyzed Ellington’s impressive season and how he has coped with adversity far more serious than the Lakers’ 20-54 record and his latest injury.

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Lakers’ Wayne Ellington ruled out for season with separated shoulder

Wayne Ellington of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a move to the hoop against the Washington Wizards during their game January 27, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

Wayne Ellington of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a move to the hoop against the Washington Wizards during their game January 27, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

Lakers guard Wayne Ellington will miss the team’s eight remaining regular season games after an MRI exam taken on Thursday showed a grade 1 separated right shoulder.

Ellington’s injury stemmed from taking a collision in the waning seconds of the Lakers’ 111-92 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at Staples Center.

“I saw him this morning before he went over. He said it was really sore,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said after Thursday’s practice at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo.
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Lakers’ Ed Davis says it’s “difficult” to sit even if he understands reasoning

One night after missing a potential game-tying free throw in the closing seconds against Memphis, the Lakers' Ed Davis shot 150 free throws at practice and has shown improvement at the free-throw line. Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

One night after missing a potential game-tying free throw in the closing seconds against Memphis, the Lakers’ Ed Davis shot 150 free throws at practice and has shown improvement at the free-throw line. Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

The stakes involved Lakers forward Ed Davis needing to make a half-court shot. Or else he owed Lakers coach Byron Scott $100.

Davis missed the attempt, but he quickly argued why he did not need to follow through on his bet.

“It was an April Fool’s joke, in my eyes,” Davis said following Thursday’s practice at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “But he’s going to want this money.”

So much that Davis joked “I can’t walk by without him saying something to me.” Or without Scot mentioning the incident to reporters.

“That didn’t fly,” Scott said, and he knew where the question was headed next.

Does that partly explain why Davis has sat for three consecutive games despite Scott considering him “one of our most valuable big guys”?

“That wasn’t the reason,” Scott said, laughing.

Instead, Davis remains unsure if he will play when the Lakers (20-54) host the Portland Trail Blazers (48-26) on Friday at Staples Center because Scott wants to develop his younger players.

“It’s been difficult and sitting on the bench watching when I want to be out there,” Davis said. “But I’m staying ready, working out before games and after practices and things like that.”
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Lakers applying for hardship exceptions in hopes to add another player

Byron Scott looks at the action on the floor in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Byron Scott looks at the action on the floor in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

There marks one thing that has become more repetitive for the Lakers besides the persistent losing and their players making too many trips to the trainer’s room.

The Lakers have also become accustomed to applying to the NBA grant them a hardship exception, something the team hopes to seek approval for amid prolonged injuries in hopes to add another player to its roster. The rule would allow the Lakers to add a 16th person to their roster because they have four players out with extended injuries. Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Julius Randle (right leg) and Ronnie Price (right elbow) remain out for the season, while Nick Young has missed the past month because of a fractured left knee.

Assuming the NBA approves the measure, the Lakers appear likely to add a player either through free agency or from the Development League to a 10-day contract. That move could take on added urgency considering Lakers guard Wayne Ellington had an MRI Thursday morning on his sprained right shoulder.

“We got three guards, that’s enough,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said half jokingly. “Mitch [Kupchak] and I are going to talk today about some things but we’ll see where it goes.”
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Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson believes he belongs on NBA All-Rookie team

Lakers#6 Jordan Clarkson drives past Pelicans#42 Alexis Ajinca and Pelicans#30 Norris Cole for a bucket in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Lakers#6 Jordan Clarkson drives past Pelicans#42 Alexis Ajinca and Pelicans#30 Norris Cole for a bucket in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. April 1, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

He almost wrote history, Jordan Clarkson nearly becoming the first Lakers rookie to collect a triple double since Magic Johnson did nearly 35 years ago.

Kobe Bryant informed Clarkson that he fell short, his 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 10 assists, seven rebounds and one turnover serving as the main bright spot in the Lakers’ 113-92 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at Staples Center. Clarkson downplayed the importance of it, maintaining that “I want to win.”

But later on in a quiet moment, the Lakers’ rookie guard acknowledged he has set his eyes on something else. After averaging 15 points on 45.9 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 turnovers through the past 31 starts, Clarkson believes he deserves a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie team.

“Hopefully. That would be cool,” Clarkson said. “It is what it is. If I don’t make it, it’s all good. But it’s going to add another chip.”
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Lakers’ Wayne Ellington suffers mild sprain in right shoulder

Lakers Wayne Ellington scores two points during second half action at Staples Center Sunday, January 3, 2015.  Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers 88-87.  ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News ) "

Lakers Wayne Ellington scores two points during second half action at Staples Center Sunday, January 3, 2015. Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers 88-87. ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News ) “

The only thing that seems inevitable during this bizarre Lakers’ 2014-15 season.

The losses will mount, a 113-92 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at Staples Center dropping the Lakers’ record to 20-54. That marks one loss away from tying last season’s win total, which set the Lakers’ worst record in L.A. franchise history. More injuries will pile up. Lakers guard Wayne Ellington suffered a mild sprain in his right shoulder after colliding who he believed to be New Orlean’s Toney Douglas just before the game ended.

“It’s a little scary when you get hit there,” Ellington said as he sat by his locker nursing an ice bag over his right shoulder. “It’s very painful.”

The Lakers will evaluate Ellington during Thursday’s practice, an injury that could sideline him for Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Ellington, who posted 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench, only missed six other games this season that had nothing to do with injuries. The Lakers granted him a leave of absence after his father was murdered in his hometown of Philadelphia on Nov. 9, 2014.

“They said it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Ellington who has averaged 10 points on a 41.2 percent clip this season. “But I’ll be all right.”


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Lakers’ Jeremy Lin to play Wednesday vs. New Orleans

"Lakers host their annual Media Day in El Segundo, CA. Monday September 29, 2014.  (Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)"

“Lakers host their annual Media Day in El Segundo, CA. Monday September 29, 2014. (Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)”

After missing the past two games because of a worsening upper respiratory infection, Jeremy Lin is expected to play when the Lakers (20-53) host the New Orleans Pelicans (39-34) on Wednesday at Staples Center.

“I asked him this morning how he felt and he said he felt great,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said after morning shootaround at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo.

Lin will start at shooting guard while Jordan Clarkson mans the point guard position along with Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black.

Some other recent absences aren’t as clear.

Scott said Lakers forward Carlos Boozer practiced on Wednesday after missing the past five games as a mix of rest and a upper respiratory infection. Lakers forward Ed Davis has missed the past two games in favor of Jordan Hill, who had also rested in the previous three games.

“I haven’t made up my mind yet,” Scott said. “Actually, I don’t want [New Orleans] to know.”

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Lakers sign Jabari Brown to multi-year contract

The Lakers signed Jabari Brown to a multi-year deal while formally waiving Steve Nash, who officially retired last week after missing the entire 2014-15 season because of a chronic back issues. Brown will stay with the Lakers for the rest of the 2014-15 season and have a non-guaranteed deal for next year. Lakers coach Byron Scott also suggested Brown will play on the Lakers’ summer-league team in July.

Brown concluded his second 10-day contract, coinciding with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 33 minutes in the Lakers’ 113-111 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at Wells Fargo Center.

Brown averaged 11 points on 46.6 percent shooting in 27.33 minutes through six games during his second 10-day contract. In his first 10-day contract, Brown averaged seven points on 57.9 percent shooting in 20 minutes per night through four games.

“He looked more comfortable and confident every game,” Scott said. “I’m very happy for Jabari because he’s put the work in and the things we talked about last year during training camp when we sent him down, he took those to heart and worked on him and did himself proud.”

Brown went undrafted out of the University of Missouri where he teamed with Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. Brown landed on the Lakers’ training camp roster, but he posted only a combined five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four exhibition games. Brown then posted a league-leading 24.4 points per game with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders.

Before Brown signed with the Lakers on a 10-day deal, Scott wanted to see him show with more aggressiveness. Brown provided that and some. Scott raved about Brown’s ability to create his own shot, assume ball-handling duties and defensive effort.

“He surpassed a lot of the things I thought he couldn’t do,” Scott said. “I put him in situations to see if he could and he’s able to do them. I’m very happy for him because obviously he’s put a lot of work into his game.”

That also coincided with Lakers forward Nick Young staying sidelined for the past month because of a fractured left knee. But Scott stressed it is too early to know if the Lakers will shut him down even with only nine games remaining.

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