Lakers sign Wayne Ellington, who played best for Byron Scott


Wayne Ellington – not good enough for the Knicks, not good for the Kings.

Perfect for the Lakers.

Lakers release:

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed shooting guard Wayne Ellington, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

The Lakers had only a minimum salary – $1,063,384 – available to play Ellington, who began this offseason with the Mavericks before they traded him to New York. The Knicks dumped him on Sacramento, and the Kings stretched him.

In Los Angeles, Ellington becomes the Lakers’ 14th player under contract, and the other 13 all have guaranteed deals. Other additions could change the equation, but right now, Ellington appears likely to make the roster.

He’s a good 3-point shooter, making 42 percent of his shots from beyond the arc last season and 39 percent for his career. At 26, he has yet to show enough complementary skills, though.

Ellington’s best stretch came two seasons ago, when he spent half the year in Cleveland playing for Byron Scott, who now coaches the Lakers. It’s easy to joke the Lakers are just taking scraps from the Knicks and Kings – teams that missed the playoffs last year and are unlikely to return this season – but this is a pretty good fit on a minimum contract.

Kobe Bryant is obviously the Lakers’ starting shooting guard, and Nick Young and Xavier Henry can play behind him. At minimum, Ellington provides solid depth. At best, he builds off his success under Scott and forces his way into the rotation.

Xavier Henry may not be ready in time for Lakers training camp


Xavier Henry was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers last season, and his explosive athleticism earned him a one-year deal to return to the club next season.

His campaign was cut short by injuries, however, and it appears as though he won’t yet have recovered completely by the time training camp begins.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

In a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper, Lakers coach Byron Scott said forward Xavier Henry “might be limited in training camp” because of a surgically repaired left wrist and right knee that have not fully healed.

“I haven’t seen him do much on the court,” Scott said. “It’s going to be close on if he’s ready for camp.”

The Lakers confirmed Henry has not fully recovered from his injuries, but they did not provide immediate details on his progress. Still, the Lakers expect that Henry will be healthy for the start of the 2013-14 season after missing 39 games last season because of the aforementioned overlapping left wrist and right knee injuries. Henry had surgery to treat both injuries in mid-April shortly before the Lakers’ 2013-14 season ended.

Henry has played four NBA seasons for three different teams, but last year with L.A. was his best. When getting a consistent opportunity to play, he averaged 10 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per contest, while appearing in 43 games for the Lakers last season.

Lakers give Julyan Stone second work out


The Lakers have been nothing if not meticulous this offseason.

They waited far longer than any other team to hire a coach. They waited until LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony signed to move onto other free agents.

And they’re sure being thorough in their hunt to round out the roster.

We already know the Lakers have works out:

  • Michael Beasley
  • Dexter Pittman
  • Daniel Orton
  • Bobby Brown
  • Toney Douglas
  • Ben Hansbrough
  • Malcolm Lee
  • Greg Stiemsma (since signed with the Raptors)-

Add Julyan Stone to the list.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Free agent Julyan Stone will work out for the Lakers in Los Angeles this week, his second visit with the organization before meeting three other teams, league sources told RealGM.

Stone also has scheduled workouts with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, sources said, attempting to solidify an NBA contract before training camps start. The Sacramento Kings remain a possible landing spot for Stone.

Stone held a workout with the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the week, and he’s received two lucrative offers from Chinese clubs.

A second workout would seem to indicate significant interest, but the Lakers have worked out Beasley twice and still not signed him. They’re just that methodical.

But Stone, who spent last season with the Raptors, seems to have a real shot. The Lakers have just 13 guaranteed contracts and could use more wing depth behind Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry. Stone is a solid defender, but he just can’t shoot.

Stone is right on the edge of deserving an NBA contract. Seems to make him a perfect fit with the Lakers at this point.

Lakers top 10 plays of the 2013-14 season (VIDEO)


The Lakers suffered through one of their worst seasons in franchise history last year, thanks primarily to the amount of injuries that were sustained by key players, which included Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant.

There were some highlights and fun moments anyway, and the video clip above that the NBA put together attempted to find the bright spots in what was an utterly dismal campaign.

But all this compilation does is showcase just how awful last year really was in Los Angeles.

The Lakers are a franchise that trades on its star power and historically perennial ability to compete for championships. No disrespect to the guys on last year’s roster, but seeing Xavier Henry, Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Jodie Meeks take up the majority of this mix just hammers home how far the team has fallen.

Grizzlies first rounder Jordan Adams gets smaller guaranteed salary, weight-based incentive

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At UCLA, Jordan Adams scored at NBA-worthy levels.

He just didn’t look like an NBA player.

A little heavier and less athletic than a prototypical NBA prospect, Adams fought perception throughout the pre-draft process. He measured 6-foot-3.5 without shoes and 209 pounds at the combine, and only Kyle Anderson and (13.4) and Nik Stauskas (12.1) checked win with higher body-fat percentages than Adams (10.8).

But the Grizzlies saw through the physical concerns and drafted Adams No. 22.

However, there was a catch.

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I guess Jusuf Nurkic wasn’t the only first-round pick who didn’t received the standard fully guaranteed 120%-of-scale rookie contract. Adams’ salary can’t exceed 120% of scale, even with bonuses. So that means Adams making weight would be the only way to reach the full 120%. If he fails the test, he’ll make less.

Somewhere, former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley is shaking his head.

In 2010, Heisley tried to tie a portion of Xavier Henry’s and Greivis Vasquez’s rookie-scale contracts to incentives. As a result – on the recommendation of Henry’s agent, Arn Tellem – the players held out until mid-September.

Finally, Memphis offered them the fully guaranteed 120%. Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:

“In the general spirit of the way (the CBA) was put together, I felt we should relent and not have a performance situation,” Heisley said. “I don’t think I was on the right side of the issue.”

Tellem told The Associated Press last month that only one player out of more than 450 since the rookie salary scale was instituted in 1995 has agreed to a performance bonus.

Was that one player Williams?

Regardless, Adams didn’t drive such a hard bargain, which could lead to problems down the road. Not only did he relinquish guaranteed money nearly other first-round pick gets, he tied his remaining salary to a trait that is hard to accurately test.

Do you really think Stauskas had such a high body-fat percentage? If he did, it didn’t show like it did with Adams and UCLA teammate Anderson.

I’m surprised Adams agreed to this. I’d be less surprised if this ends in arbitration when one side is unhappy with the results of the test.