Teams that are looking to make a big midseason splash should look no further than Monta Ellis.
Every year you hear Ellis' name in trade rumors, yet he never goes anywhere.
The Warriors are at a crossroads right now. They have the talent to beat any team on any given night, but they are inconsistent and flawed. It's clear the backcourt combo of Ellis and Stephen Curry won't work. Other than Curry, Ellis is the Warriors' biggest trade asset. If they are going to trade him, they are going to patiently wait for the right trade.
Ellis has been playing great this year. He's averaging 22.2 points a game with 5.7 assists. Ellis is one of the best pure scorers in the league, which is why Golden State isn't going to trade him for a bag of chips.
Warriors general manager Larry Riley had this to say to NBA.com:
"We're working day and night and we're hopeful," Riley told NBA.com on Monday night. "But what will not happen is, we won't do something that sets us back just to do a deal. We want to find the right deal, and if we get one of those we'll do it. I don't know what the odds of it are right now."
NBA teams that are looking for a playmaker to add to their rosters should be fighting to get Ellis. How often is a young guard who can score 20 points a night this available?
Here is a list of four teams that should look to acquire Ellis.