Monta Ellis Rumors: Latest on Bulls, Knicks and More Interested in Free Agent
Monta Ellis has officially opted out of the final year of his contract, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, allowing the former Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors star to become a free agent this summer.
The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones has the latest on the Kings and Monta Ellis:
Re: Monta Ellis. Yes both sides talked, but never escalated to point where Ellis was close to coming to Sacramento.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 11, 2013
ESPN's Chris Broussard has the latest on Monta Ellis' thought process as he chooses a new team.
Sources: Monta Ellis hoping to choose btwn ATL, Sacramento, Charlotte and Dallas within next 36-48 hours— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 9, 2013
ESPN's Marc Stein has the latest on the Kings' pursuit of Monta Ellis:
Sources say that the Kings, meanwhile, have been shopping the likes of Jimmer Fredette and Chuck Hayes to the Cavaliers to create the requisite salary-cap room to try to sign Ellis comfortably.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that a new team has entered the conversation for Ellis:
Yet there are also fresh rumbles that Sacramento is trying to muscle into the Monta-Stakes and challenge Atlanta's presumed edge for Ellis— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2013
The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko has the latest on Monta Ellis and the Mavericks:
The Mavericks were in touch with numerous free agents (or their representatives) on Monday, including Denver swingman Andre Iguodala...
... The Mavericks also reached out to the representatives of players like Monta Ellis, Andrew Bynum and others.
CBS Sports’ Ken Berger is reporting that the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns have all made it clear that they are intrigued about the possibility of bringing the eight-year veteran into the fold.
Zillgitt found that the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks are also interested but acknowledged that many of these organizations are hamstrung by salary cap issues.
The Knickerbockers are one of the parties with financial obstacles, as they can offer nothing more than the $3.2 million mid-level exception.
Berger pointed out that Ellis and his agent have shown a willingness to compromise in order to compete, but given the fact that he just opted out of an $11 million deal for the upcoming campaign, it’s not likely the 27-year-old will agree to such discounted terms.
He’s coming off a productive season in which he averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals, proving that Ellis is obviously still in his prime and will be a major asset for his next club.
The 6’3”, 185-pound guard is one of the more gifted scorers the league has to offer. He averaged 25.5 points during the 2009-10 campaign, and in the right situation, is still capable of putting up similar numbers.
However, Ellis has also shown a willingness to adapt and put the team ahead of his personal numbers. His six-assist average in 2012-13 matched a career high and proved that the 40th overall pick in the 2005 draft is not a selfish gunner.
With so many suitors—all with various cap issues—it will be interesting to see what franchise Ellis ends up inking a deal with this offseason.
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