The free agent forward was named in a civil suit filed this week involving sexual battery and fraud, according to a TMZ report. It’s not clear if the suit had anything to do with the Lakers’ decision, but league sources tell Wojnarowski the team hasn’t ruled out the possibility of adding Wilson in the future.
“Jamil has been irreparably harmed by the recent accusation which has now resulted in damage to his NBA career,” said Wilson’s agent, Steve McCaskill of Catalyst Sports. “We will not tolerate these false accusations, but will pursue all legal remedies with the full force of the law.”
L.A. was expected to sign Wilson today so he would be available for Thursday’s game. The team had hoped he could help reinforce the roster during a stretch of five games in 10 days, according to Bill Oram of The Southern California News Group (Twitter link).
Wilson was waived Saturday after playing 10 games for the cross-town Clippers, 10 of which were starts. He averaged 7.0 points in a little more than 18 minutes per night on a two-way deal. Wilson, 27, had spent time in training camp with the Suns and Mavericks in past years, but this season marked his first NBA experience.