Amar’e Stoudemire, Monta Ellis To Work Out For NBA Teams

Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis will hold a private workout for at least five NBA teams next week, tweets Jordan Schultz of ESPN. He states that both players have overcome past injuries and are hoping to catch the attention of a contender, such as the Lakers, that has several roster spots to fill. The session is set for Monday evening in Las Vegas.

Stoudemire, 36, hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2015/16 season when he got into 52 games for the Heat. He has been playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, a team he co-owns in the Israeli Premier Basketball League. He briefly retired in 2017, but decided to return to the game after spending time in the BIG3 League last summer.

The last NBA experience for the 33-year-old Ellis came with the Pacers during the 2016/17 season. He was a regular part of Indiana’s rotation, playing 74 games and averaging 8.5 points per night. However, the team opted to use the stretch provision on him that summer to unload his contract. He will receive $2,245,400 a year from the Pacers through the 2021/22 season.

Photo courtesy of USA Sports Images.

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24 thoughts on “Amar’e Stoudemire, Monta Ellis To Work Out For NBA Teams

    • KnicksFanCavsFan

      Stoudemire is already playing in the Big 3. He looked in pretty good snapshot. He looked slimmed down. Would not be shocked if a team signed him for the minimum. Not much of a risk.

  1. hiflew

    This is one reason why I think players should have to go to college and play. Because once they’ve been in the league for 15 years, there is no question in their mind they are done. These old HS guys like A’mare and Ellis think just because they are younger that they don’t have 15 years worth of NBA on their legs. But they do.

    It’s over guys, go find Ice Cube and play some 3 on 3.

    • jeremy

      Amar’e is in the big 3 . But probably wants one last shot at the NBA and Ellis I think since he only 33 might be a decent shooter off the bench

      • hiflew

        He might be 33, but he still has all those games on his legs. That was the whole point of my comment. These HS guys end up a lot older than their ages compared to college guys. If you are playing 82 games a year when you are 19-22 compared to 38 games a year in those same 4 years that is an additional 2 full seasons worth of games on your legs. That adds up when you get older.

        • jump shot

          In theory it sounds correct but actually you’re dead wrong about the mileage. 98% of hs kids coming into the league barely play early in their careers – much less than they would have as freshmen and sophomores. Sure, you have your Kobes and LeBrons, but they’re more the exceptions than the rule. In fact, most hs entrants fade out of the league than excell in it. Mileage at age 33 isnt an issuer for most of them because most of them don’t even get that far. At that point, its more about if they’re “good enough” than if they still have any legs left. Ellis is a perfect example.

          • JoeM84

            According to Wikipedia there has only been 45 players drafted out of high school. So I think your 98% is a bit high. And Amar’e played nearly 2800 minutes his rookie season. That same year Carmelo Anthony played 1274 minutes at Syracuse. Monta Ellis didn’t really get to play until the 2nd half of his rookie year, so he only had 886 minutes. But minutes in a games really doesn’t tell the whole story, because I’m sure there is a difference in practicing as well. I won’t pretend to know the difference there, a former pro would have a much better insight into the differences in practice schedule and intensity. But since it seems a lot of rookies slow down towards the end of the season, it would make sense that the NBA season takes a bigger toll overall.

            Ellis would make a lot more sense to me if a team gave him a shot. He’s not really that old and could probably find a roll on a team. I don’t see Amar’e being able to finish a season.

    • LordBanana

      Such a strange comment, I can’t fathom why you’re so against two players simply working out for teams. Also not sure what you think half a year of playing basketball for a college does for people

      • hiflew

        Who said anything about half a year? I am advocating requiring a full 4 years in college. The NBA is a professional business that pays its employees millions of dollars a year. I have no idea why they don’t require those employees to begin with a maximum amount of knowledge learned from a university professor in their chosen field (ie a college coach). You aren’t going to become a professional accountant just because you excelled at high school calculus. They will require a degree from you in order for you to be hired. But I digress.

        I’m not trying to turn this into a huge debate, because most people have already chosen a side and all the arguments have been made ad nauseum. Sorry if my comment here did not meet your strict approval.

    • KnicksFanCavsFan

      What does that have to do with going to college? Neither is looking to play in the NBA for the money? I say that not knowing there financial situation but both made well over $100 mil each during their careers. Maybe they just love the game?

        • KnicksFanCavsFan

          no. you failed to MAKE a cogent and coherent point. there’s zero correlation to a player’s length of career relative to coming out of high school vs college. there just isn’t. Stoudemire had a 14 year career. that’s pretty long. monta could’ve played longer but didn’t like the offers. he shot 44% coming off the bench in 72 games. going to college for 4 years plays no role in their longevity in the nba. if so, show how. site examples.

    • Jsgiles79

      This is seriously one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard regarding draft/college. You should most definitely reconsider your position as it is utterly nonsensical.

  2. x%sure

    Ellis is 33,34 and played respectable D, by the stats. A good mover. If he developed a 3pt shot he could be something… He never had that, not for lack of attempting them. He came from the waning days of the should-have-done-some-college era which we are likely to return to. GSW took a second round flyer on him and he never developed more than one (fast) gear at his disposal.

  3. formerlyz

    Amare can definitely play. It was arguable that his final year was one of his better years all around, as he significantly improved as a defender. I was surprised he decided to end his career when he did, but he always talked about playing a year in Israel

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