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Lakers reach out to Devin Ebanks

December 1, 2011 | 10:52 pm

Devin Ebanks

The Lakers couldn't say much to forward Devin Ebanks when he entered the team facility Thursday for voluntary workouts.

But that's OK. Though conversation remains minimal between team officials and players since the new labor deal hasn't been officially ratified, the front office and agents can talk. And with Wednesday marking the first day NBA teams and agents could have such dialogue, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak reached out to Ebanks' representative. The Lakers are expected to exercise their $788,872 option on the second-year player.

"He'll be fine," Ebanks' agent, David Bauman, said Thursday night. "I spoke to Mitch yesterday morning and it looks like they need young bodies and cheap contracts."

Ebanks, 21, appeared in 20 games as a rookie, averaging 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.9 minutes a game. But the Lakers have remained high on Ebanks for his potential to play at shooting guard in case they don't re-sign Shannon Brown. Ebanks landed in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon and arrived at the Lakers' facility, marking only the third player besides rookie Darius Morris and Metta World Peace to attend the first day of voluntary workouts. That epitomizes what the Lakers like about Ebanks' unassuming work ethic. 

"Got some good shots up today," Ebanks tweeted. "Comin bak Lata on tho! Late session."


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Photo: Lakers forward Devin Ebanks believes he will return to the team next season. Credit: Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times