It looks like Chris Ellis is back doing what he loves.
The former Barangay Ginebra San Miguel forward has resurfaced after some time away from basketball and from the spotlight, and has been seen playing in the Thailand Basketball League.
Sajjatam Kulsomboon first reported Ellis’ basketball return via Twitter through his handle @tk_thaibball, Saturday.
The 6-foot-4 swingman is currently playing for Luangprabang.
In his TBL debut, he faced Filipino club team Kabayan, which includes the likes of John Ragasa – the last pick in the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft.
This development is a surprise, particularly since that the 30-year-old hasn’t been seen – especially by Filipino fans – since he was traded by Ginebra to Blackwater Elite in August of 2017.
Ellis only reported once to the Elite, then failed to show up afterwards.
Reports said that the reason behind Ellis’ no-shows for Blackwater was a kidney issue. He was cleared to play after that, but he had never made himself available.
Ellis was Ginebra’s sixth overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft. He won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2013, and also got himself a title when Ginebra reigned supreme in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.
Nobody knows what’s next for Ellis after his Thailand stint. The 6-foot-3 wingman is still a free agent in the PBA, and it would be fitting if ever he comes back to where his pro career started.