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Wayne Ellington Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence from Lakers After Father Dies

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2014

USA Today

Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington has been granted an indefinite leave of absence after his father was shot and killed in Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 9. He has yet to return to the team.

Continue for updates.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Ellington Expected to Rejoin Lakers in Dallas

Baxter Holmes of ESPN provides an update on Ellington's return from Lakers head coach Byron Scott:

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Wayne Ellington is expected to rejoin the Lakers in Dallas, Byron Scott says.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Ellington Takes Leave of Absence

Ellington will take a leave of absence, the team announced Tuesday:  

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Wayne Ellington, whose father was shot and killed Sunday in Philadelphia, has been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team.

"My family and I are devastated by the news of my father's murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia," Ellington said in a statement on the Lakers' website. "We appreciate everyone's support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time."

The Philadelphia Daily News reported on the circumstances surrounding Ellington Sr.'s death:

So far, Ellington Sr.'s killing is shrouded in mystery: Cops were called to Marion Street near Hansberry, in Germantown, shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday for a car accident. When they got there, they found Ellington slumped in the driver's seat of his Oldsmobile, bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound through his head, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. His car had hit two parked cars on the block before coming to rest, Small said. ...

Ellington Sr. was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and underwent surgery, but was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m., about midway through his son's game on the West Coast.

Ellington, 26, is averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. Signed to a one-year deal in September, Ellington has been one of the few bright spots in Los Angeles' 1-5 start. He scored nine points in the Lakers' first victory of the season against Charlotte on Sunday.

"Our players are upset for their friend and teammate. Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy," general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers."

The Lakers say there is no timetable for Ellington's return. A first-round pick in 2009, the Lakers are Ellington's fifth NBA team. He played college basketball at North Carolina.   

 

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