Report: Amar'e Stoudemire, Monta Ellis Having Private Workout Amid Comeback Bid

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2019

Indiana Pacers' Monta Ellis in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Atlanta 104-86. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Amar'e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis are reportedly not ready for their NBA careers to end.

Jordan Schultz of ESPN reported Stoudemire and Ellis are slated to host a private workout for "at least" five NBA teams in Las Vegas. The pair are reportedly interested in signing with a "contending team."

Stoudemire, 36, retired from the NBA in 2016 but has remained active in basketball. He's most recently played for Tri State in the BIG3 and Hapoel Jerusalem.

Ellis, 33, has not played since being waived by the Indiana Pacers following the 2016-17 season.

Interest in either player appears unlikely. Stoudemire's body couldn't hold up to the 82-game grind, and he was a liability defensively in his early 30s; age can only worsen those two things. He's shown some flashes in BIG3 play, but the level of competition is nowhere near the same, and that's a once-a-week league. It's also unclear what a version of Stoudemire without elite hops or a three-point shot can offer an NBA team.

Ellis could latch on and find a training-camp invite somewhere, but he looked done and disinterested his final year in Indiana. Never one for much effort on the defensive side, Ellis averaged just 8.5 points and 3.2 assists in 27.0 minutes per game in 2016-17. It was by far the worst per-minute scoring output of his career.

Both players may find more interest overseas. Stoudemire could continue playing for Hapoel Jerusalem but may be more interested in a lucrative payday from a more competitive Euro team.

Ellis could probably be a superstar scoring threat in China. He has just given no indication he's willing to leave the U.S. to play basketball.

The NBA just doesn't seem in the cards at this point.

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