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Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington Jr. has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team after his father was shot and killed in Philadelphia on Sunday night, according to a statement from the team. NBC's Philadelphia affiliate reports that police responding to a car crash in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood found Ellington Sr. sitting in the driver's seat of his car, with a gunshot wound in his head. He later died in the hospital.

Ellington Jr. grew up in the Philadelphia area, and played his high school ball in nearby Merion. He's been one of the few bright spots for the Lakers this season, shooting lights out in his 20 minutes a night off the bench.


There is no timetable for when he will return to the team.

[Lakers][NBC 10]

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