Following earlier reports that the Bucks were willing to trade just about anyone on their roster, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported that Ellis was likely to forgo the $11 million he is owed next season and explore free agency.
Fortunately, the volume shooting guard may not have to wait that long to escape Wisconsin's frosty grounds.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Bucks and Atlanta Hawks are engaged in negotiations that would bring Josh Smith to Milwaukee and send Ellis to Georgia.
On Bucks/Josh Smith talk: Hawks' interest believed to start w/Monta Ellis, since Monta could play next to Jeff Teague, whom Hawks still like— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 19, 2013
Though the thinking in Atlanta is that Ellis could be a formidable option next to Jeff Teague, he has also become more of a primary target because of his willingness to decline his player option. Doing so increases the likelihood that his contract be considered an expiring one.
Of course, teams other than the Hawks could come into play. Ellis is the antithesis of efficiency, but he can still score. Factions would be interested in his 18.4 points per game alone.
Which teams could those be, and where would Ellis fit best?
With only days to go until the NBA trade deadline, finding a suitable package for Ellis won't be easy, but it is possible.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and 82games.com unless otherwise noted. All trades have also been put through ESPN's Trade Machine to ensure financial propriety.