Lakers fans hoping for Devin Ebanks to get some run will finally get their wish... sort of.
The organization just announced Ebanks will be sent down to the L.A. Defenders, the Lakers D-League affiliate. Having not played since January 31, nor logged double digit minutes since January 13, this move hardly qualifies as a surprise. First and second year players are eligible for a stint in the "minors," so to speak, and franchises typically like taking advantage of this opportunity with youngsters buried on the bench. (And for those wondering, Ebanks in the D-League DOES NOT open up a roster spot, so don't treat this as a sign of a move in the works.)
As a card carrying member of the "I don't get why Ebanks can't crack the rotation" club, I get whatever disappointment may be felt by those hoping he'd get a shot at improving a wildly inconsistent small forward tandem. Personally, I think Devin's skill sets and athleticism provides a unique utility for the Lakers, and he started out the season looking pretty good before abruptly being removed from the rotation altogether. Plus, as one of the few young players on the roster -- and at a position of weakness to boot -- I think it would behoove the Lakers to figure out what they have in him moving forward. But for the time being, Mike Brown is going with Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes, and that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. And like I said, Ebanks is a young player, so from a developmental standpoint, he can't afford to take season-long residence in "DNP-County." He needs actual game-minutes, and the D-League will provide just that opportunity.
Better to remove your warmups as a Defender than remain a Laker who might as well be wearing a business suit underneath his during games.