NBA news: Lakers, Warriors among 7 teams watching Amar’e Stoudemire, Monta Ellis work out in Las Vegas
Former NBA stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis are both attempting a comeback and held a workout in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday evening.
Among the dozen teams attending the workout, per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, are the Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Washington Wizards.
Stoudemire, a six-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year in the NBA, last played professionally for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem and the BIG3’s Tri-State. The 6-foot-10 big man started his 14-year career in the Association with the Phoenix Suns, being selected ninth overall in the 2002 draft. After eight seasons in the desert, where he formed a devastating pick-and-roll pair with two-time MVP Steve Nash, he joined the New York Knicks in free agency in 2010 (in a sign-and-trade). Injuries derailed the 36-year-old’s tenure with New York, and he later saw action with the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
Ellis is the league’s former Most Improved Player winner for the 2006-07 season who last played for the Indiana Pacers from 2015-17. The Warriors selected him with the 10th pick in the second round (40th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft. Ellis spent seven-plus seasons with Golden State before being eclipsed by point guard Stephen Curry and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson in 2012. Ellis, 33, later signed with the Dallas Mavericks before landing in Indiana.
The seven mentioned teams are searching for last roster spots to be filled by the former stars in Ellis and Stoudemire, who are offering what talent they have left in the tank after respectively solid NBA careers.