Monta Ellis working out for Thunder
Free agent guard Monta Ellis has been working out with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the eve of training camp, according to a report by Sneaker Reporter.
The speedy hybrid guard last played in the NBA in 2016-17, spending two years alongside the Thunder’s All-Star swingman Paul George during their days with the Indiana Pacers.
Ellis had a rather fugacious dawn of his career during his stint with the Pacers, going from being a near-20 points-per-game scorer with the Dallas Mavericks to a mere role player, posting only 13.8 points in 2015-16 and then a disappointing 8.5 points per game in 2016-17, which ultimately cost him his starting spot with the team.
The Mississippi Bullet has lost plenty of speed after 12 years in the NBA, no longer the blurringly fast speed demon that he was coming up with the Golden State Warriors when he saw his best years as a consistent 20-point scorer.
Ellis’ deficiency with his 3-point shooting has likely cost him his career, shooting only 31.4 percent throughout his NBA stint.
It’s unlikely to see Ellis make it into the final 15-man roster, given the team’s depth at the guard position, which includes new acquisition Dennis Schroder and the impending return of defensive ace Andre Roberson. Yet if Ellis makes a good impression, he could still wind up getting picked up by a different team before the start of the regular season.