Lakers’ Ellington takes leave from team

El Segundo, CA ( – The Los Angeles Lakers have granted
guard Wayne Ellington an indefinite leave of absence to deal with the sudden
death of his father, who was murdered on Sunday.

Wayne Ellington Sr. was found shot to death in his car in Philadelphia Sunday
night. He was 57 years old.

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate. Additionally, ownership
and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy,” said Lakers
general manager Mitch Kupchak 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

Ellington is in his first season with the Lakers after spending the 2013-14
campaign with Dallas. The six-year veteran is averaging 7.8 points and 3.4
rebounds in five games thus far in 2014-15.