Posted June 17, 2013

Monta Ellis to opt out of contract with Bucks

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Monta Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Monta Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Bucks, according to multiple reports. Ellis will surrender the $11 million he would’ve been owed in 2014 and will become an unrestricted free-agent.

Ellis rejected a two-year extension worth $36 million from the Bucks last week before deciding to forego his final year of the six-year, $66 million deal Ellis signed in 2008 with the Golden State Warriors. Ellis was traded to the Bucks as a part of a multi-player deal involving Andrew Bogut in 2012.

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Ellis scored 19.2 points-per-game on 41.6 percent shooting with six assists a contest for the Bucks in 2012-13. The 27-year-old is reported to have garnered interest from the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.


6 comments
burghkid18
burghkid18

Well so much for that small backcourt of monta and brandon, time to rebuild. they were crazy for giving up bogut. now they have no big guys

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Whomever signs him is going to regret it.  The Bucks were crazy to offer him an $18M/yr extension.  Best thing that could have happened to them is for Ellis to have turned it down.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

LMAO....and it isn't even deer hunting season yet. That will be in the fall......the fall of Milwaukee Bucks "Street Ball' 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

It is a stupid league when a guy who shoots 41% for a losing team can opt out and expect a better deal than $18 million per year. And he averaged only 14 points in the playoffs - when it mattered.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius And he gets worse every year.   He shot 53% in 2008, down to 45% in 2011, 43% in 2012 and now 41% in 2013.   Same thing from beyond the arc, 36% in 2011, just 28% in 2013.   In this past season's NBA Player Efficient Ratings, he wasn't even in the league's top 100.  I have no idea why the Bucks offered him $18M/yr.