"He was pretty sore this morning," Coach
The Lakers host the
Injuries have defined the season for the Lakers (20-54), with long-term or season ending-injuries to
Ellington has played in 65 of the Lakers' 74 games this season, missing six games in December after the passing of his father.
According to a team spokesman, the Lakers have applied for another hardship exception, asking the
The team previously signed
"We've got three guards, that's enough," said Scott, adding that he and General Manager
Without Ellington, the Lakers would need to rely on heavy minutes from Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin and Brown. If the hardship exception is granted, as expected, the franchise would be able to add an additional free agent.
In his sixth year as a pro, Ellington proved to be a positive force for the Lakers this season both on the floor and in the locker room, averaging 10.0 points a game while shooting 41.2% from the field and 37.0% from three-point range.
"I really like Wayne a lot," Scott said. "He did a much better job than I expected, but I really shouldn't be that surprised because I know what type of kid he is, and what type of work ethic he has."
Ellington joined the team on a one-year, nonguaranteed minimum contract at $1.1 million. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer.