The Wizards, Rockets and Pelicans have agreed to a three-team trade involving Trevor Ariza, Alonzo Gee, Omer Asik and Omri Casspi, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports on Sunday. The Pelicans will receive Asik, Casspi and $1.5 million cash from Houston. The Rockets will get Ariza, Gee and a 2015 protected first-round pick from the Pelicans. The Wizards will receive Melvin Ely 's unguaranteed contract and a $8.5 million trade exception.
After waiving center Greg Stiemsma, the Pelicans signed Melvin Ely on Monday to replace Stiemsma's spot on the roster, the Times-Picayune report on Monday. Ely averaged 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 41 D-League appearances.
The Grizzlies parted ways with four players Saturday, two more than they needed to reach the maximum roster size prior to the start of the season. The waiving of Andre Barrett, Melvin Ely, Tony Gaffney and Willie Reed leaves the team with 13 players on the roster, with added flexibility as the season begins.
Denver center Melvin Ely was expected to play Thursday in Phoenix, but did not make it off the bench. He received a DNP - coach's decision in the Nuggets 116-97 win over the Suns. Ely had sat out five straight games with a sprained ankle.
The Denver Post reports Nuggets center Melvin Ely is expected to play Thursday against the Suns after missing five straight games with a sprained ankle.
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