35-year-old Monta Ellis, the NBA’s most improved player in 2007, is set to consider returning to the NBA after her final training sessions with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
Earlier this week, Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard, along with fellow Free Agent Guards Isaiah Thomas and Lance Stephenson, had been working with the Dallas Mavericks.
The 35-year-old last played in the NBA in 2017 for the Indiana Pacers and also had stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks.
With a view to an NBA return, Monta Ellis is said to have now participated in a training session with the Houston Rockets.
NBA Rumors: Monta Ellis trains with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks in hopes of a return to the NBA
The Atheltic’s Alykhan Bijlani reported today that Monta Ellis has trained with the Houston Rockets and this is his second NBA team from Texas that he has attended a training session with in the past few days.
Monta Ellis played two full seasons for the Dallas Mavericks before deciding to become a free agent by opting to withdraw in the final year of his contract.
He underwent knee surgery before joining the freelance agency and signed a 4-year $ 44 million deal with the Indiana Pacers. Ellis was a prolific Guardian, averaging more than 20 points per game four times in a season in his 12-year career.
The knee surgery ensured he was unable to reach the same heights for the Pacers, averaging 13.8 and 8.5 points per game, before being abandoned by the Pacers.
The Pacers reportedly pay Ellis through the 2021-22 NBA season, despite being a free agent since July 2017. After Monta Ellis initially participated in a training session with the Dallas Mavericks alongside Isaiah Thomas and Lance Stephenson, she also trained with the Houston Rockets.
He had previously announced his intentions to make an NBA return in an interview with Empire Sports Media’s Alder Almo.
Ellis reportedly struggled with mental health issues after being surrendered by the Indiana Pacers and has been trying to make an NBA return since the surrender.
While a potential deal may seem a long way off for now, there are several teams with vacant squad spots that may decide to try it out.
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