Posted June 18, 2013

Report: Hawks, Lakers, Mavs interested in Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis has told the Bucks he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Monta Ellis has told the Bucks he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The decision by Monta Ellis to opt out of the remaining year of his Milwaukee Bucks contract — worth $11 million — has sparked reports of which NBA teams are likely to line up for his services in the 2013-14 season.

ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard reports the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers have interest in the eighth-year guard.

While the Hawks and Mavericks have the necessary salary cap room to pursue Ellis if they desire, the cap-strapped Lakers would have to acquire him via a sign-and-trade deal. Ellis’ reported desire to play with the Lakers’ top free agent could make that unlikely scenario more likely.

From ESPN.com:

Ellis, who originally signed a six-year, $66 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, is close with Lakers free agent Dwight Howard. The two have long desired to play together.

If Howard cannot achieve his top goal of playing with Chris Paul, teaming up with Ellis may become an option he would strongly consider.

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The Bucks reportedly had offered Ellis a two-year, $24 million extension earlier this month, contingent on him not opting out of the final season of his contract. He led the Bucks with 19.2 points per game in the regular season.


4 comments
adamhightops
adamhightops

It was actually a 2 year 36$ million dollar that he rejected


OK
OK

Why? Ellis is a three-point bricklayer, an undersized two-guard, lacks ball-handling and passing skills to run the point, and is defenseless on defense.

super_mecha
super_mecha

It's gonna be fun in Lala land when Kobe gets back and Ellis is on the team

JayTaylor
JayTaylor

For Ellis to go to LA, it would take a 3-way deal as I don't think that the Lakers have $11M worth of trade value to give.

I like the idea. I am sure D'Antoni Loves the idea. A lot is waiting until Howard makes a decision.