HoopsHype Wayne Ellington rumors

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Wayne Ellington Jr. lost his No. 1 fan, the first person to put a basketball in his hands, when a heartless killer gunned down his father Sunday in cold blood on a Germantown street. Yesterday, as police said they were making good progress in their probe into the fatal shooting of Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, the homegrown basketball star and his family reflected on the man who was his loudest cheerleader since long before his NBA days. "He was my biggest fan. He would text me before every game and make sure he would text me after every game," Ellington, 26, recalled as he sat with his mother, Elaine, and sisters Alexi-Rae Webb, 28, and Ericka Ellington, 32, in his paternal grandmother's West Mount Airy living room. "He was the person who put me in the [kids'] league at 5 years old." Philadelphia Inquirer

Ellington Sr.'s mother, wife and children struggled yesterday to make sense of what had brought him to Marion Street near Hansberry in Germantown - and, worse, why someone had leaned into the partially open driver's window of his Oldsmobile and shot the father of three and grandfather of two in the head about 8 p.m. - 1 1/2 hours before his son's next game was set to start in L.A. "We don't know why he was in that vicinity," said his wife, Elaine Ellington. "It's very tiring and very painful." Philadelphia Inquirer

"He's very kindhearted and he loved all of us very much. He was proud of all of us," said daughter Ericka Ellington, who works at a hospital in North Carolina, where she, her sister and mother live. "Whoever did this made a mistake, and they're going to know they made a mistake. They probably already know." Philadelphia Inquirer

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“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” said Ellington. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.” NBA.com

“Our players are upset for their friend and teammate. Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy. 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 prayers.” NBA.com

October 25, 2014 Updates

While both have made the team's initial roster, point guard Ronnie Price and shooting guard Wayne Ellington are non-guaranteed until Nov. 15, at which point a salary of a little over $300,000 apiece locks in. Price's guaranteed pay will step up to $658,405 if he's on the team as of Dec 15. Should Ellington stick to Dec. 1, $581,692 of his salary will be guaranteed. With Steve Nash ruled out for the season with chronic back issues, Price is expected to be a primary rotation player and possible starter. Los Angeles Times

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