Potential Free-Agent Landing Spots for Monta Ellis

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Potential Free-Agent Landing Spots for Monta Ellis
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Don't look so sad, Monta. You have plenty of options this offseason.

Monta Ellis has a lot of choices this offseason, but they all revolve around one option. 

The high-scoring shooting guard has until June 20 to accept or decline his player option. If he does pick it up, he'll make $11 million and remain a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. If he declines it, he'll make less and find a new locale. 


UPDATE by Zach Buckley on June 17 at 10 p.m. ET

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Ellis has informed Milwaukee that he will be opting out of the final year of his contract. 

Not only is he walking away from the $11 million for next season, but he also previously turned down a two-year, $24 million contract extension from the Bucks that would have required him to opt in to the final year of his deal.

Sources told Broussard that the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers all have interest in the guard. The Hawks and Mavericks have the cap space to sign him outright, while the cash-strapped Lakers could only acquire him via a sign-and-trade deal.

He'll officially become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


Remaining with Milwaukee is still technically an option (although a highly unlikely one), but it's looking more and more like Ellis will be bringing his oft-shooting ways to a new city for the 2013-14 campaign.

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