Report: Orlando Magic Talking with Warriors About Monta Ellis

Hunter KonsensCorrespondent IIFebruary 29, 2012

Dwight Howard and Monta Ellis
Dwight Howard and Monta EllisJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

According to Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM, the Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors are in trade talks centered around shooting guard Monta Ellis.

No trade is imminent, but the talks have been ongoing.

The Orlando Magic have been interested in pairing Howard with a scoring shooting for quite sometime now and Ellis fits their need. 

Nobody knows exactly how Orlando will acquire Ellis, as the Magic have very few enticing trade assets besides Dwight Howard.

The Warriors have also been rumored to be unwilling to exchange Ellis for New Jersey Nets' promising young center Brook Lopez. 

Lopez possesses more value than any player on the Magic, besides Howard, due to his tremendous upside and knack for scoring.

This raises the question whether the Golden State Warriors are dangling the electric Monta Ellis in hopes of acquiring All-NBA talent Dwight Howard.

Despite Howard voicing his disinterest in signing a long-term contract with the Warriors, they do feel like they have a shot to add the 6'11" center.

However, if the Orlando Magic can add the athletic guard without giving up their franchise cornerstone, one must think that the Orlando Magic's chance in keeping Howard past this season would grow enormously. 

Monta Ellis, who was snubbed from the Western Conference All-Star team, is averaging 22.2 points and 5.7 assists per game in 37 minutes.

Nonetheless, the Orlando Magic will play the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, March 1st and then battle the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, March 3rd.