HoopsHype Melvin Ely rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has acquired Omer Asik, Omri Casspi and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade that sends Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson and the Pelicans’ protected first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft to the Rockets and Melvin Ely to the Washington Wizards. As part of the three-team trade, the Rockets have acquired Trevor Ariza from the Wizards. NBA.com

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has completed a three-team deal with Washington and New Orleans. The Rockets will receive Trevor Ariza in a sign-and-trade from Washington, as well as Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and a valuable 2015 protected first round draft pick from New Orleans. This first round draft pick is a near guaranteed lottery pick structured like the Toronto Raptors first round pick that was the key to the James Harden trade. The Rockets will send center Omer Asik and forward Omri Casspi, and cash considerations to New Orleans. NBA.com

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has completed a three-team trade with Houston and New Orleans. As part of the deal, the Wizards will sign free agent forward Trevor Ariza and send him to the Rockets, netting them a trade exception and center Melvin Ely. NBA.com

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. Ely (6-10, 260) has appeared in 373 games over eight NBA seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. The 6-10 center joins the Pelicans after playing the last two seasons for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, where he appeared in 78 games (74 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. In the 2013-14 season, Ely totaled 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances and was selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game. NBA.com

December 9, 2013 Updates

Just before practice, Melvin Ely grabs a quick snack. After practice, he runs three miles before eating a big lunch. Then he snacks, then eats dinner, then eats another snack. Then it’s game time. All in all, Ely eats eight times every day. It might not sound like the diet habit of a world-class athlete, but the 35-year-old Ely is arguably in the best shape of his life. The Legends’ most senior player feels like he’s in his 20s again after dropping nearly 30 pounds in the offseason to get down to 245. It’s another example of a hard-working, hungry – literally – veteran prolonging his career and setting the example for younger players. NBA.com

Ely is highly regarded by his teammates, and the center said the younger players, including Harris and point guard Sean Singletary, are now turning to him for advice on how to handle themselves away from the game, and he couldn’t be happier to help out. “Normally, these guys just pick my brain about old games, but now they’re asking me about certain situations and how to handle things, and I like it,” he said. “To ask somebody that question, you have to have a lot of trust in them, and I do feel honored when they do it. So when they do it, I just give them my past experience. I’ve been in a long time, so I either did it or I’ve seen it done.” NBA.com

October 26, 2013 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies waived Andre Barrett, Melvin Ely, Tony Gaffney and Willie Reed, the team announced. Barrett (5-10, 172) logged two minutes in his lone preseason appearance on Oct. 20 at Atlanta. The 31-year-old, who signed with Memphis on Oct. 10, holds career averages of 3.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 12.2 minutes in 67 games (one start) in four seasons for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers. NBA.com

October 10, 2013 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies players Jon Leuer, Nick Calathes, Jamaal Franklin, Willie Reed, Melvin Ely and Tony Gaffney will make a special appearance at the Grizzlies Block Party at Olive Branch City Park (8267 Goodman Rd.) as part of the Grizzlies’ 2013 Round Town Tour on Thursday, October 9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The tour will continue throughout Memphis and the Mid-South during the entire month of October at block parties and festivals to get Grizz Nation excited about the upcoming season. NBA.com

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October 28, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks stints of Melvin Ely and Chris Douglas-Roberts didn't even last as long as Delonte West's first suspension this month. The Mavs waived Ely and Douglas-Roberts on Sunday morning, before they even practiced with the team. It's a good bet that they'll end up on the roster of the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate. The Legends now own the rights of both players. ESPN.com

October 27, 2012 Updates

Swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and forward/center Melvin Ely signed their nonguaranteed contracts with the Mavs. Expect them to have a short stay in Dallas. They might be headed up the tollway to Frisco, where the D-League Texas Legends are located. ESPN.com

October 26, 2012 Updates

A source said the Mavs have agreed to non-guaranteed deals with a pair of veterans, swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and center/forward Melvin Ely. They will join the team Friday morning. The Mavs, who are in the process of parting ways with Delonte West, will likely choose between one of the three newcomers for their final roster spot. One potential roadblock could be if negotiations don't progress with West's agent, Dan Fegan, and the Mavs opt to leave West on the suspended list. ESPN.com

In the meantime, because of injuries to Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman and Brandan Wright, the Mavs need some serious help on the frontline. That's why they're bringing in centers Eddy Curry, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Melvin Ely. The Mavs bend over backwards to make it work with West. But they are close to cutting ties with the wily veteran after he was suspended without pay today. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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