Ebanks was arrested back in November 2011, when he was still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was pulled over for a traffic violation but was arrested when he was found to have been drinking and driving.
The NBA announced that Ebanks will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season, and this all but seals Ebanks’ fate, as he was already very much a long shot to make the Mavericks’ final roster.
The Mavericks already have a full roster worth of guaranteed contracts, meaning that one of the players on non-guaranteed contracts would need to catch the attention of the Mavericks front office. Getting suspended for DUI arrests is not the kind of attention these guys should be seeking.
Ebanks has career averages of 3.6 points, 0.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game, all with the Lakers. Basically, he isn’t talented enough to get away with the negative press that comes with getting arrested. That’s especially true on a team like the Mavericks, who make it a point not to employ players with character issues, a la Delonte West.
The long and short of it is that this is bad news for Devin Ebanks but no news for the Mavericks. Ebanks will need some luck in order to catch on with another NBA team. Luckily for him, he’s only 23 and could try to play overseas and mature both on and off the court.
The Mavericks will carry on as planned and wish Ebanks all the luck in his future. But I’m sure they won’t be requiring his services once rosters go down to just 15 players.