Monta Ellis RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Sacramento wants to pursue several free agents with the space, including point guards Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis and shooting guard Wesley Matthews, sources said. The Indiana Pacers were meeting with Ellis on Wednesday in Indiana and working to reach a deal with him, league sources told Yahoo.: 14 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Kings are seriously interested in free agent guard Monta Ellis too, league sources tell Yahoo Sports .: 14 more rumors
Chris Broussard: As Monta Ellis dines right now with Larry Bird, the Hawks, Kings and Knicks showing interest in Ellis, sources said
High-scoring free agent guard Monta Ellis has checked into a downtown Indianapolis hotel and will begin discussions with the Pacers this evening, according to a league source.
Free-agent guard Monta Ellis is engaged in serious talks on a possible three-year, $32 million-plus deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ellis has a scheduled trip into Indianapolis on Wednesday to meet with the Pacers’ front-office and coaching staffs, league sources told Yahoo Sports.: 14 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Monta Ellis and family traveling to Indiana to meet with Pacers officials on Wednesday, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 14 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Monta Ellis is gathering traction in talks with the Indiana Pacers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 14 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Larry Bird has been determined to secure Monta Ellis, and Pacers pushing hard to close a deal with him, league sources tell Yahoo.
Ken Berger: In addition to Pacers, the Hawks, Nuggets and Kings calling on Monta Ellis, source says. With Dwyane Wade in limbo, Heat could be factor.
Chris Mannix: As reported, Sacramento will show interest in Monta Ellis. Another team expected to be hot on the trail of Ellis, per source: Indiana.: 14 more rumors
Shams Charania: Free agent pursuing the Miami Heat 2-guard spot if Dwyane Wade leaves: Monta Ellis, sources tell RealGM. Sides plan to discuss July visit.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says he would welcome the opportunity to coach Monta Ellis again should Ellis’ free agency lead him back to Dallas. Rick Carlisle says he texted Monta Ellis and he let him know everything he meant to the team in the last 2 years.
Eric Pincus: Monta Ellis has opted out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks @BBallInsiders: 14 more rumors
The Mavericks do not intend to attempt to re-sign Ellis despite the fact that he averaged 18.9 points last season to become the first player other than Dirk Nowitzki to lead them in scoring since 1999-2000. Fried, though, did not rule out a return to Dallas for his client. “Monta’s experience in Dallas was definitely a positive one,” Fried said. “The team and the organization had success and Monta grew as a player. A door to return there will always be open.”
Sources said Ellis was genuinely uncomfortable with the three-year, $46 million free agent contract the Mavs signed Parsons to last summer. And that was one of the reasons why Ellis decided Wednesday to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Mavs. Ellis wanted Chandler Parsons money.
The Dallas Mavericks have decided to move on without shooting guard Monta Ellis, the man who led them in scoring and moodiness last season. It’s up to last summer’s prized addition Chandler Parsons, as a player and a recruiter, to prove that this is a smart move. The uncomfortable truth is that the Ellis-Parsons pairing just wasn’t a good fit, on or off the court. The Mavs came to a couple of realizations toward the end of last season. First, to have any hope of keeping Ellis happy, they’d have to give him a contract at least as large as the three-year, $46 million deal Parsons signed last summer. Second, for Parsons to really earn his paychecks, Ellis had to go.
Ellis plans to discuss a long-term contract with the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat in free agency after opting out of the final year of his contract on Wednesday, sources told RealGM. He had an option worth $8.72 million.: 14 more rumors
As Monta Ellis pursues a new deal on the east coast, the Dallas Mavericks are targeting San Antonio Spurs free agent Danny Green, league sources told RealGM.: 13 more rumors
By opting out of his final season with the Mavericks, Ellis will forfeit the possibility of cashing in big next summer, when the NBA salary cap will skyrocket with an infusion of new television contract money. The Mavericks will now have about $30-million under the salary cap to spend on free-agency, but will have to fill the shooting-guard void left by Ellis in addition to making moves at point guard and center. They also are believed to be in the running for free-agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
Ellis, 29, had a Wednesday deadline to determine whether he wanted to make $8.7 million in the final season of a three-year, $25 million offer or test the free-agent market. If Ellis had opted in, the Mavs would have attempted to trade him for a first-round pick to clear cap space, sources told ESPN.com. A source said the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are among the teams expected to show interest in Ellis.
Chris Broussard: Source: Monta Ellis will not opt-in to the final yr of his contract & will thus become a free agent this summer. Indiana & Miami interested: 14 more rumors
Barry Jackson: ESPN’s Chris Broussard says Heat interested in Dallas’ Monta Ellis, who is opting out. Miami lacks cap space unless LOTS of money exits.
Dwain Price: SG Monta Ellis, according to a source, plans to opt-out of the last yr of his contract. And the #Mavs will not attempt to re-sign him.
Shooting guard Monta Ellis has decided to opt out of the final season of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, agent Jeff Fried said. “This decision was made because it’s in the best interest of Monta,” Fried said. “It was more about him taking his future into his own hands.”
The decision apparently was made late Tuesday night after news broke that the Mavericks were considering trade options if Ellis were to take the final season of his original $25 million deal signed before the 2013-14 season. Nothing is official until Ellis declares his intentions. But the source said it is 90 percent certain that Ellis will opt out.
Eddie Sefko: Monta Ellis likely to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, a source said. Not 100-percent, but close.: 14 more rumors
James Conway: Any sense yet on if Ellis will opt in? Could be a huge difference maker for DAL’s offseason. Steve Kyler: Ellis is opting out
Dwain Price: SG Monta Ellis has until Wed. to decide if he’ll opt in or out of the final year of his contract with the #Mavs. The guess is he’ll opt out.
Earl K. Sneed: The @Dallas Mavericks now await word from Monta Ellis on whether he will opt in or out for next season. He has until Wednesday to decide.
For now, Ellis has until June 24 to decide if he will opt-out of his current contract with the Mavs, or go ahead and play next season for the remaining $9.08 million on his deal. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens this week, but my gut feeling would be that he’s going to opt out and then that’s another decision we’ve got to make,’’ Nowitzki said. “He’s been phenomenal for us. “He’s another guy I’d love to keep and build on, because he’s been so phenomenal for us. But we don’t know.’’: 14 more rumors
Tim MacMahon: Dirk Nowitzki says he’d “love to keep” Tyson Chandler, “love to keep” Monta Ellis and “love to have” LaMarcus Aldridge. Diplomatic, but not possible.
That said, Nowitzki remains convinced that Ellis will become a free agent. “I haven’t talked to him lately, but I’m guessing he’ll opt out. Why would he not. He had two phenomenal seasons here. He was our closer and our leading scorer last year. And I’m sure for his market value he feels like he was a little underpaid. That’s my feeling, that he’ll opt out. But that’s his decision. My gut feeling is that he’ll opt out. That’s another decision we’ll have to make. He’s another guy I’d love to keep. But we all know how free agency goes,” Nowitzki said Tuesday at the Mavericks’ Hoop Camp presented by Academy Sports and Outdoors at Episcopal School of Dallas.: 14 more rumors
Earl K. Sneed: Dirk says he hasn’t talked to Monta Ellis, but his gut feeling is Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract.: 14 more rumors
9 — Days until the June 24 deadline Monta Ellis has to decide whether to return to the Mavericks next season for $8.7 million next season — the last of the three-year, $25 million deal he signed with Dallas in 2013 — or to opt out of the contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Mavericks can offer Ellis a fifth year on a new deal if he opts out, while other teams can only offer him four years.
The expectation remains that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and seek a healthy raise after leading the Mavs in scoring last season, although Ellis has kept his intentions quiet. Ellis should not anticipate that raise coming from the Mavs, who would rather move on than make a major long-term investment in a one-dimensional player whose moodiness and selfishness negatively impacted the team’s chemistry last season, according to sources with knowledge of the front office’s thought process.
Ellis has until June 24 to decide whether to exercise his player option to be paid $8.72 million next season. The expectation remains that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and seek a healthy raise after leading the Mavs in scoring last season, although Ellis has kept his intentions quiet. Ellis should not anticipate that raise coming from the Mavs, who would rather move on than make a major long-term investment in a one-dimensional player whose moodiness and selfishness negatively impacted the team’s chemistry last season, according to source’s with knowledge of the front office’s thought process.
Nelson, a pioneer of “smallball,’’ coached Curry just one season, and the tandem with Monta Ellis never worked. “If you’re going to be small, you got to be a point guard and make plays for people,’’ Nelson said. “I tried to get Monta Ellis to do that, but he didn’t want to. He could’ve been a terrific point guard, but he didn’t think he could play with Steph and that was a kick in the teeth. Monta was single-minded when I had him.”
Ellis, who had become a Warriors fan favorite in those previous five seasons with Golden State, sent a shot across Curry’s bow at the start of the 2009-10 campaign when he was asked by reporters if he could play with Curry as part of an undersized-but-uber-talented backcourt. “Us together? No,” Ellis said then. “Can’t. We just can’t.” The Warriors, it’s safe to say, were worried. “There were some turbulent times,” Schlenk said. “(Ellis’ comments) put everybody on edge, including Steph. But those two guys ended up being good friends.”
Ellis’ future, by contrast, is far more complicated. Word is he’s not looking to leave Dallas, where he remade his reputation with last season’s strong showing before this season’s ups and downs, but Ellis also has the ability to opt out and become a free agent after playing for the (relative) bargain price of $8 million (and change) in each of the past two seasons. Passing on the opportunity to test the market and see if he can land a more lucrative annual salary might be hard to resist. The Mavs themselves, according to our own Tim MacMahon, are working through their own conflicted feelings about Ellis’ future with the club.
The truth was that the Mavs didn’t want Rondo, who was going to be replaced in the starting lineup regardless, pouting and rubbing off on other players, Ellis in particular. Essentially, the Mavs made a drastic move in an attempt to do damage control on a chemistry crisis.
But the Dallas decision-makers have to determine whether the moody Ellis, who often tested the team’s soul this season, is worth the headaches he presents and the hefty price they would have to pay to have any hope of keeping him happy. They must do so while projecting how Ellis’ game will age as the one-dimensional, undersized shooting guard hits 30.
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban walks off the floor, clearly perturbed. Shook his head at Adam Silver as he walked right by him. Never seen Cuban leave early. Mark Cuban is back!!! Had pointed comments for commish Adam Silver as he walked by again. Ended with, “That’s exactly what we talked about.” I believe Mark Cuban’s “That’s what we talked about” comment to commish Adam Silver was in regards to rule of verticality. Mark Cuban publicly complained about Monta Ellis not getting calls on drives, then went to NBA office and watched tape with Silver, others.