Ellington, 27, hurt his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles' 113-92 home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
[daily_cut.NBA] Ellington averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Lakers this season.
The sixth-year player out of North Carolina will be a free agent this summer. He spent time with Minnesota, Cleveland and Dallas before arriving in Los Angeles after the 2013-14 season.
The Lakers, at 20-54, have struggled all season and own the NBA's third-worst record. Unless Los Angeles wins all eight games remaining on its schedule, it will finish with its worst record since the team moved to L.A. from Minneapolis.
Ellington is expected to make a full recovery in time for next season.
- Will Green