Devin Ebanks accepts Lakers' qualifying offer

July, 10, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin has the news here.

Devin Ebanks' accepting L.A.'s qualifying offer, for one year at just over $1 million, isn't at all surprising. He simply hasn't played enough to generate significant interest across the league. It's a good thing for the Lakers, too. Beyond needing athleticism, inexpensive talent, and bench depth, they have a great deal of uncertainty at the small forward position. Matt Barnes isn't expected to return, and Metta World Peace is, at least for now, a candidate either to be traded or amnestied. Meaning Ebanks could be in line for a major bump in playing time.

On the other hand, if MWP is back and the Lakers ink someone like Grant Hill, minutes could be tougher to come by.

Regardless, having Ebanks back for another season is a positive development. Had he somehow slipped away, there's a real chance the Lakers would have regretted it, certainly now, and perhaps down the road.

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