Before the Los Angeles Lakers’ offseason acquisitions obtained the “old” reputation, the early talk revolving around the new signees was that there was a noticeable trend of former Lakers re-joining the team. Some made appearances as recent as the 2019-20 season in the form of Dwight Howard, while others like Kent Bazemore will don the purple-and-gold for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Wayne Ellington is another former Laker returning to the franchise, last playing with them in the 2014-15 season.
Ellington recently appeared on the “Noble and Roosh Show” podcast, talking about his decision to sign with the Lakers this offseason. He revealed that the Lakers weren’t the only team he could have joined, as the Brooklyn Nets were also in the mix for his services.
“There was some teams I looked at,” Ellington stated, “Brooklyn was one. Brooklyn was one. But LA was just, it was too good of a situation for me. Obviously, Brooklyn already has some shooters that do some similar things like I do in Joe Harris and a couple of other guys as well that they have. It was an easy decision for me.”
It’s not a surprise that Wayne Ellington ended up choosing the Lakers based on the above. He also stated in his introductory press conference that he never wanted to leave L.A. following the 2014-15 season. As we know, there are many factors that go into player’s decisions to leave or stay with franchises once free agency time rolls around.
Ellington went further into his decision to sign with the Lakers, stating that he had conversations with some guys already on the Lakers team:
“Just the type of interest that they showed stuck out to me way more than any other team. I had conversations in the past and before free agency had conversations with some of the guys on the team and it just felt like it was a perfect fit at the perfect timing. I felt like what I bring to the table was needed with the roster that was being put together, the roster that they had especially after Russ came on board. My shooting and my movement without the ball is something that will definitely be a complement to this roster.”
It remains to be seen how much Ellington will play on this team, however, his three-point shooting is unequivocally the best on this roster. Although his defense is suspect, Ellington seems set to have substantial minutes given his shooting. Hell, he may even start.
The same couldn’t be said for him if he were on the Nets, as the stars really aligned for Ellington to return to the place he wishes he never left.
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