It was a difficult summer for 26-year-old guard
After a frustrating year in Dallas, playing just 8.7 minutes a game, Ellington was dealt to the
A few weeks later, the Kings waived Ellington in a cost-cutting move.
"It's been a rough summer for me, but I worked my [rear] off," said Ellington at the
The Lakers signed Ellington to a non-guaranteed contract. If he can stick with the team past training camp, $315,656 of his salary will guaranteed on Nov. 15, and $581,692 of his contract locks in if he's on the roster as of Dec. 1.
Ellington has made a quick impression on teammate
"He looks great. He's a great all-around player. He can put the ball on the floor. He can make plays for others. He can shoot," Bryant said after practice on Thursday. "He's from Philly, what did you expect?"
Through his five seasons in the
His best stretch was with Cleveland, playing for
"I felt like it was a great opportunity for me," Ellington said about joining the Lakers. "[Scott and I] had a pretty good relationship."
Sharing Tar Heel history with the Lakers' general manager didn't hurt.
In scrimmages, Ellington has played some time alongside Bryant, with the Lakers all-star sliding over to small forward.
He may be able to provide the team an outside shooting threat, while giving his best effort defensively -- similar to what
"Jodie was able to be very successful here. We kind of have a similar role," Ellington said.
Scott has spent most of the early part of training camp stressing conditioning and defense.
Ellington said he is hoping to make a difference with the team on both sides of the ball.
"On the defensive end of the floor, it's all about effort," he said. "You have to be willing to put your body on the line and work.
"I'm ready for it."