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RUMOR: LeBron James, Lakers eyeing Stephen Curry’s original Splash Brother

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The Los Angeles Lakers have already built a dream team that would have been the greatest of all time in 2011. But it seems as though LeBron James and Co. aren’t done yet.

The Lakers are rumored to be setting up a workout with former Golden State Warriors star and Stephen Curry’s original “Splash Brother,” Monta Ellis. This is according to a report from Empire Media Sports’ Alder Amo, who was able to get in touch with Ellis’ business manager Derrius Nelson to confirm the news.

“I told [Lakers’ coaching associate Jordan Henriquez-]Roberts that Tae is not big on being a star anymore. He’s been there already,” Nelson told Empire Sports Media. “His [possible] addition can make them one of the best LA Lakers teams to go down in history. With Tae being there, it would be crazy!”

Ellis is a full four seasons removed from last playing in the NBA. The high-scoring guard turns 36 in October so he’d fit perfectly with the Lakers’ veteran-laden lineup.


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In all seriousness, it’s tough to tell if Ellis has any juice left given his lack of on-court action. Ellis was an effective scorer back in the day with the ball in his hands, but the Lakers have a handful of on-ball playmakers who might have trouble sharing touches amongst themselves already.

He’s not likely to help the Lakers’ spacing problems either, given that he was just a career 31.4% three-point shooter through 12 seasons. It’s also hard to imagine him being anything but a net negative on the defensive side of the ball, an area where he already struggled with during his prime days.

Still, a workout never hurt anybody. For all we know, Ellis has secretly transformed into a knockdown shooter and is in the best shape of his life. James and Co. are taking a flier to see if that’s the case. The Lakers don’t have anything to lose after all.