Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis Eyeing NBA Comeback

Amar'e Stoudemire. Photo by Angela Pham/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

NBA veterans Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis are looking to make their way back into the league this summer. According to ESPN‘s Jordan Schultz, Stoudemire and Ellis will hold private workouts for at NBA teams in Las Vegas in the coming days hoping to earn a contract.

Schultz also reports that Stoudemire and Ellis will work out for at least five teams, and intend to sign with an NBA title contender.

Amar’e Stoudemire, who was the 9th overall pick in 2002 NBA Draft, last played in NBA in 2015–2016, when he was a member of Miami Heat. He then spent time with Hapoel Jerusalem before deciding to retire from basketball in 2017. The six-time All-Star changed his mind the following year, announcing his comeback and signing with Hapoel for the 2018-19 season.

Stoudemire played 14 seasons in the NBA, during which he averaged 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.

Monta Ellis has been out of the league since 2017 when he was released by the Indiana Pacers. Ellis’ NBA career averages include 17.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.