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Timberwolves Surprisingly Work Out Monta Ellis

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a basketball player with a football ball: Monta Ellis (2016) © Image by Suraj_Khakee Monta Ellis (2016)

We haven't heard from him in a while!

The ​Minnesota Timberwolves are working out former Pacers and Warriors guard Monta Ellis, as they search to replace Jamal Crawford and his production off the bench. The 32-year-old Ellis took this past season off after two years with the Pacers, where his numbers took a significant hit after averaging 18.9 points per game on the Mavericks in 2014-2015.

The Timberwolves have been in search for some guard help off the bench all offseason, as they anticipated that Crawford may be gone by the beginning of 2018. 

The Timberwolves could really use the production off the bench. They averaged just 26.6 points per game in that department last year, which was good for 29th in the league. Ellis would have to compete with Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones for minutes if he were to sign. 

​​Ellis, a 2005 second-round pick for the Golden State Warriors, made a name for himself in the Bay Area by averaging over 25 points per game in two seasons from 2009-2011 in the pre-Steph Curry dynasty days.

Ellis is only 32, so he may have a few years of good basketball left. If ever there was an opportunity for a former explosive scorer to remake their career off the bench, it's on this  Timberwolves team.

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