Monta Ellis Seeks Comeback: Lakers & Clippers Among Top Free Agency Fits

Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:25 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 6:25 PM UTC

Monta Ellis has been out of the league since the 2016-17 season but he's looking to make an NBA comeback with a championship contender.

<div><p>The 33-year-old put together solid numbers over 12 years in the league, although his scoring declined in his final two seasons with the Pacers.</p><p>Per ESPN's Jordan Schultz: <em>"Amar'e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis will workout privately for at least five NBA teams from 6-7pm — in Las Vegas — on July 8, a source tells ESPN. Both players are healthy and hoping to sign with a contending team, such as the #Lakers."</em></p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Monta Ellis held private workouts for 5 NBA teams tonight...comeback season &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/HipPsRYSTt\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/HipPsRYSTt&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/1146664900611235840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 4, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Ellis averaged 17.8 points, 4.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 833 career games with the Warriors, Bucks, Mavericks and Pacers and he would be a strong fit with the Lakers and Clippers.</p><p>If the Lakers land <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/who-will-be-the-first-to-officially-report-the-kawhi-leonard-signing/90925/" target="_blank">Kawhi Leonard</a> in free agency they will be cap-strapped and in need of players willing to sign minimum deals and Ellis would be a solid option because he would provide depth and scoring off the bench. Ellis could thrive with the Lakers because of the number of open looks he could see by playing alongside LeBron James and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/anthony-davis-waves-his-4-million-trade-kicker-lebron-james-will-give-ad-no-23-jersey/90822/" target="_blank">Anthony Davis</a>.</p><p>He would also make sense for the Clippers. Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Landry Shamet and Rodney McGruder give them depth at guard but Ellis can provide another scoring spark off the bench and make them even more dangerous.</p><p><strong><u>Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship<br />(Courtesy of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4432&amp;book=JAZZ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jazz Sports</a>)</u></strong><br /><br />Los Angeles Lakers +175</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks +650</p><p>Toronto Raptors +850</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers +900</p><p>Golden State Warriors +1250</p><p>Houston Rockets +1250</p><p>Utah Jazz +1350</p><p>Denver Nuggets +1750</p><p>Los Angeles Clippers +1750</p><p>Brooklyn Nets +2500</p><p>Portland Trail Blazers +2750</p><p>New Orleans Pelicans +3300</p><p>Oklahoma City Thunder +3500</p><p>Boston Celtics +3750</p><p>Dallas Mavericks +5250</p><p>Indiana Pacers +6000</p><p>San Antonio Spurs +6000</p><p>Orlando Magic +10000</p><p>Sacramento Kings +10000</p><p>New York Knicks +15000</p><p>Atlanta Hawks +15000</p><p>Chicago Bulls +15000</p><p>Miami Heat +15000</p><p>Minnesota Timberwolves +20000</p><p>Phoenix Suns +20000</p><p>Washington Wizards +20000</p><p>Memphis Grizzlies +25000</p><p>Detroit Pistons +30000</p><p>Cleveland Cavaliers +50000</p><p>Charlotte Hornets +50000</p></div>
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