Ever since 2013 NBA free agency opened, there has been a non-stop surge of high-profile signings and blockbuster trades.
On July 10, when the league-mandated moratorium on transactions is lifted, a number of superstar players across the league will be officially moving to new locations.
However, there are still a handful of top-tier free agents available on the open market. Let’s take a look at where these intriguing talents could wind up and find out the latest buzz concerning their suitors, plans and more in Monday’s rumor roundup.
Hawks Eyeing Monta Ellis
The Atlanta Hawks have had their interest piqued by Monta Ellis’ tantalizing talents for months now, as the organization looked into swinging a deal for the Milwaukee Bucks scorer back in February.
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Now that Ellis is available as an unrestricted free agent and the club has cap room due to the defection of Josh Smith to the Detroit Pistons, it seems to be inevitable that this pairing finally happens.
ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Hawks are hoping to pair Ellis with their marquee free-agent addition of Paul Millsap and add another bucket-generator to a core that includes the recently re-signed Kyle Korver.
While Atlanta isn’t putting all its eggs into one basket and has expressed some desire to land Andrew Bynum, everything is pointing towards the Hawks extending some kind of offer to the veteran guard.
Mavs Looking to Lock Up Bynum
The organization added Devin Harris and Jose Calderon to a backcourt that lacked consistent play from the point-guard position in 2012-13.
Stein has found that the Mavs’ sights are now set on Andrew Bynum, the controversial center that has an All-Star pedigree but missed the entire past season with knee issues.
It’s a major gamble for the franchise, but one that it will have to take if Dallas wants to return to relevance and make a postseason run in 2014.
A core of Dirk Nowitzki and Bynum with an improved supporting cast could certainly make some noise in the Western Conference next year.
Wayne Ellington Sweepstakes Heating Up
Wayne Ellington holds averages of just 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists over his four-year career, but a number of suitors are emerging for the former North Carolina star’s services.
According to FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico, the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks are in the running to land Ellington, who most recently played for the Cleveland Cavaliers:
Free agent guard Wayne Ellington is drawing strongest interest from the Pistons, Bulls and Bucks, NBA sources say.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 7, 2013
He put together his best stretch as a professional last year after being traded to the Cavs as part of a salary dump by the Memphis Grizzlies in January. Ellington appeared in 38 games—starting 17 of them—while putting up 10.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.
As a backup guard/small forward, Ellington brings three-point shooting and a strong defensive effort to the table. He may not be the biggest, strongest or most athletic player, but the 6’4” 200-pounder has found a way to contribute since getting drafted No. 28 overall back in 2009.
Don’t be surprised if a few more teams emerge as contenders for his services in the coming days.