NBA Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors Moving Monta Ellis?

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 3, 2011

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after the ball is given to the Boston Celtics on March 4, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Celtics defeated the Warriors 107-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It's hard to find many 26-year-old guards who have averaged better than 24 points per game in each of the last two years.  The Warriors have one of them in Monta Ellis

That's why, living in the Bay Area, the never-ending stream of "trade Ellis" talk is a little confusing. 

John Krolik of Pro Basketball Talk analyzed one of those rumors, which came from ESPN's Ric Bucher.  That trade would have the Warriors sending Ellis and an asset to Memphis for Rudy Gay. 

This is what Krolik had to say:  

"If the 'asset' the Warriors are willing to throw in is something like a first-round pick, or Memphis truly thinks it is in dire straights financially, this could happen, but from a pure basketball perspective, this would make very little sense for the Grizzlies."

Really?  Ellis and a first-round draft pick for Gay wouldn't make sense from a pure basketball perspective?  On the court, Gay is a more complete player than Ellis.

Still, Ellis' style of play meshes well with what the Warriors do.  Never underestimate that. 

When you factor in the first-round draft pick that Krolik is speculating is part of the deal, this is a good move for the Grizzlies. 

On the other hand, it's a terrible trade for the Warriors. 

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But I will say that Gay is a strong player.  While Ellis and a first-rounder for Gay would be way too much, the Warriors would get some strong value with that move. 

That's not the case with others. 

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle also talked about a possible deal that would trade Ellis for the Philadelphia 76ers' Andre Iguodala.  As Simmons also said, this isn't the first time that particular rumor has come up.

It would make perfect sense for Philly.  After all, Iguodala is nowhere near the scorer that Ellis is. Other than the fact that Iguodala is taller, Ellis is better in every way.  That move doesn't make a lot of sense.

Last June, Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel speculated that Orlando is a possible destination for Ellis:

"The Magic’s most valuable trading asset, Jameer Nelson, offers little value to the Warriors because of Curry, but the Warriors could potentially have interest in one of the Magic’s young role players.  While the other teams linked to the Warriors could all offer more than the Magic, it’s unclear if they want to."

Ellis is not a role player.  Also, as Krolik mentioned, he's locked up through the 2013-14 season.

None of these trades make any sense for the Warriors.  If they really want to move Ellis, they have the time to wait for a better deal than any of these. 

The only player mentioned here who's in his class is Gay, and that wouldn't be a straight-up move. 

None of these moves would make the Warriors a better team than they are now with Ellis.  As a result, these are rumors that must never get beyond that point.

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