Report: Isaiah Thomas, Lance Stephenson, Monta Ellis work out for Mavs spots to help Luka Doncic
The Dallas Mavericks worked out Isaiah Thomas, Lance Stephenson and Monta Ellis on Thursday as they look for more help around Luka Doncic, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.
Thomas has been angling for an NBA return for quite some time, and perhaps the Mavs will wind up being a fit because of their need for more shot creation to help Doncic. The former Boston Celtics star was supposedly a candidate to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the signing of Rajon Rondo nixed that idea. Thomas hasn’t been able to find his footing ever since he left the Celtics because of injuries, but he apparently is looking good in workouts.
Stephenson last played in the NBA with the Lakers in the 2018-19 season. He appeared in 68 games as Los Angeles missed the playoffs in LeBron James’ first season with the club.
Ellis hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season with the Indiana Pacers. The guard played for the Mavs in 2013-14 and 2014-15 after starting his career with the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks.
Dallas has dealt with a good amount of change as an organization this offseason, with Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle leaving the franchise. Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd took their respective places. However, the Mavs haven’t changed up the roster all that much. Josh Richardson is gone and Reggie Bullock is in, but most of the rest of the roster is the same.
Even if Dallas were to sign one or more of these players, it’s hard to imagine them helping all that much when it matters. These guys haven’t been impact players in the NBA in quite some time. The Mavs have lost in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers the last two seasons and are trying to become championship contenders.
Goran Dragic is also rumored to be an option if he’s bought out by the Toronto Raptors.