The Los Angeles Lakers were dealt another blow on Thursday as it was announced that Wayne Ellington would miss the remainder of the season due to a separated right shoulder.
The injury occurred in the final minutes of Wednesday’s 113-92 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans when he collided with Pelicans’ guard Toney Douglas. Following the game, Ellington was examined by Lakers’ head trainer Gary Vitti, who diagnosed him with a separated shoulder.
An MRI conducted on Thursday confirmed that the 27-year-old had suffered a grade 1 right separated shoulder. Ellington was in the midst of his best season averaging career-high 10.0 points along with 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 25.8 minutes in 65 games played. He also started a career-best 36 games this season.
The injury bug hasn’t been too kind to the Lakers this season as Ellington’s injury makes it five players out due to extensive injuries. This list includes Kobe Bryant (rotator cuff), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (broken leg), Ronnie Price (elbow), and Xavier Henry (Achilles).
Nick Young‘s season is also in jeopardy as he is still recovering from a fractured knee cap that has forced him to miss the last 19 games.
The loss of Ellington could likely lead to the Lakers adding another player if they are granted a hardship exception to get a 16th player on the roster. Various reports have suggested that the team may be interested in signing NBA D-league guard Dwight Buycks to a 10-day contract.
Ellington is set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, and Los Angeles is said to have interest in bringing him back next season.
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