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