Monta Ellis and Amar’e Stoudamire are two names from the NBA’s past who were watched by a number of teams, including the Thunder, in Las Vegas on Monday.
Ellis hasn’t played in the NBA since 2017. Stoudamire has been out of the league even longer, since 2016. But both were a part of workouts in front of a dozen NBA teams, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, among them the Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State, Milwaukee, Detroit, Washington and the New York Knicks.
Most teams in the NBA do their due diligence on everything from potential players available in trades to free agents who could be signed on minimum contracts. Both Ellis, 33, and Stoudamire, 36, would fall into the latter based on their age and the Thunder still being above the $132.6 million luxury tax.
Above all, Ellis and Stoudamire seem to be players who don’t fit the Thunder’s timeline of a franchise reboot following the trade of Paul George to the LA Clippers and Jerami Grant to Denver. In those trades, OKC received a combined six first-round draft picks. The Thunder is also considering trading Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder’s roster is currently at 14 players following veteran wing Alec Burks’ decision to sign with Golden State in free agency. The Thunder and Burks agreed to a deal last week, but Burks was allowed to reassess his previous commitment following George notifying the Thunder of his trade request.