HoopsHype Devin Ebanks rumors


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Ebanks, who had just checked into the game, inserted himself into a loose ball scrum after the whistle had already stopped play. He then shoved Thunder reserve guard Royal Ivey using both hands, for no apparent reason. That led to the usual jawing between the teams and Ebanks and Ivey were hit with double technicals. Ebanks then picked up a second technical and an automatic for talking back to one of the referees. On his way off the court, things got even more interesting. Ebanks tossed aside a chair and stripped off his jersey as he entered the tunnel. CBSSports.com

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Ebanks will be a restricted free agent in July, and his future with the Lakers appeared in doubt a few months ago when his agent said his client would probably try to play elsewhere next season because of spotty playing time. He may prove to be a keeper. "When I'm out there, I'm just thinking about playing hard and winning games," Ebanks said. "I don't really think too much about showcasing my talents for other teams." Los Angeles Times

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Forward Devin Ebanks also stepped up in his first playoff start, scoring 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting and pulling down five rebounds. Point guard Ramon Sessions showed no signs of nervousness in his first-ever playoff game with 14 points and five assists, while Jordan Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. “Andrew obviously takes the majority of the headlines with his triple double, but Pau (Gasol) was right behind him, two rebounds and two assists away (from a triple double),” Bryant said. “Ebanks played extremely well. Blake played extremely well. Sessions, in his first playoff game,” stepped up and played well. “Not to mention, Jordan Hill. He had a monster game coming off the bench.” Orange County Register

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There's also the strange case of the disappearing Devin Ebanks. Ebanks' agent said a lack of playing time could affect his Lakers' future after the second-year player becomes a restricted free agent July 1 … especially if the incumbents returned. "If [Coach] Mike Brown is going to play with Matt Barnes and [World Peace] next season, Devin's not going to come back and do that," agent David Bauman told The Times. "He'll find an opportunity where he'll have a better chance to break into a rotation." Los Angeles Times

February 15, 2012 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned forward Devin Ebanks to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Ebanks, a second year player out of West Virginia, has appeared in 12 games (4 starts) with the Lakers this season, averaging 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 12.6 minutes. Selected by the Lakers in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Ebanks appeared in 20 games last season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.9 minutes. NBA.com

January 6, 2012 Updates

Three games had come and gone before Devin Ebanks finally appeared on the court, a rapid fall from starting small forward to end-of-bench afterthought. "Definitely, I'm frustrated," Ebanks said Thursday in a quiet moment outside the visitors' locker room before the Lakers played Portland. "It's a little block in the road right now and the key is to keep working hard. Matt [Barnes] wasn't playing when I was [starting] and he handled it professionally so I've got to be the same way." Ebanks had a goal coming into his second NBA season — win the wide-open competition at small forward. "I had it and it was taken from me," he said. "Now I've just got to get it back." Los Angeles Times

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The Lakers, $21 million over the luxury tax last season, will be over again, Buss says, and next season as well. Three straight years doing so will prompt severe financial penalties. "This is a family business," he says. "This is how we make our living. Our job is to learn the new rules and still keep us in a position to win championships. But it's a new ballgame. We're going to have to put on the brakes because the system is going to make us do it. "There's going to be an emphasis on getting younger and having rookie contracts to get out of the tax situation. We're fortunate to have someone like Devin Ebanks, who is going to be a very good player. It's all part of moving forward. "Now we've always had fantastic fans, but in this new ballgame we're all facing, we might need them more than ever to get after the other teams. They may have to be our sixth man." Los Angeles Times

December 24, 2011 Updates

Alex Kennedy: The Lakers have named Devin Ebanks their starting small forward. He worked hard all summer and impressed all of the right people in camp. Twitter

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Brown gave Ebanks the starting nod at small forward over Matt Barnes but said he had not decided which player would be the starter Sunday. Barnes had started the Lakers' exhibition opener. "Neither guy has really separated themselves yet, so we're still kind of looking and searching," Brown said. Los Angeles Times

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It remains unclear how the Lakers' roster will look now up through their season opener Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers have plenty of unsigned players, including Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff. They can exercise the so-called amnesty clause by shedding ties with Metta World Peace (three years, $21.5 million) or Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million). Free agency beginning on Dec. 9 will also contribute to the frantic environment leading to opening day. Still, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that both rookies Darius Morris and Goudelock "probably deserve a chance to be looked at, and [they] have promise." Los Angeles Times

August 29, 2011 Updates

Like any NBA player these days, Ebanks remains open to playing overseas should a lockout persist. He said his agent, David Bauman, has already informed him he received three unspecified offers to play overseas. They both agreed, however, that he's better suited at this point to work on his game in case a collective bargaining agreement happens in time to salvage at least part of the 2011-2012 NBA season. Los Angeles Times

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