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Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis
Position: G
Born: 10/26/85
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $10,300,000
West’s decision to leave in pursuit of immediate gratification in what could be the final season of his career amplified everything. As team president Larry Bird said, West’s surprising move brought about several other changes, as it cost the team its starting power forward and on-court leader. At that point there was no point in trying to maintain the core of the teams that reached the conference finals in consecutive seasons. The mutual desire for Hibbert to move on was another major factor, opening a major hole at center that had been filled for seven seasons. Stuckey, Allen and Whittington were re-signed, but the upcoming roster still includes eight new players: Chase Budinger, Toney Douglas, Monta Ellis, Jordan Hill, Glenn Robinson III and rookies Myles Turner, Joe Young and Rakeem Christmas.
Zach Lowe: Cap minutia: league has temporarily disallowed Monta Ellis’s contract w/ Pacers; team ran out of room, just has to re-order transactions. In other words, Monta will sign w/ Indy. Things will be fine. DEN got slammed for screwing up Faried’s contract, but it happens to others. Repeat: Ellis will be a Pacer, nothing is amiss. Just thought it was fair, given DEN criticism, to point out this happens. Cap is complex.
As far as his own quest in fulfilling his championship dreams, Ellis heeded the advice of the same man who gave him his first NBA break. Mullin had called the 10-year veteran weeks ago while he was mulling his options as an unrestricted free agent with more than a few teams showing interest in acquiring his services. “When he gave me the phone call and expressed to me how bad Larry (Bird) wanted me, and what to expect (with the Pacers), out of all the options I had, I just felt like this was the best fit for me,” Ellis said. “Chris always gave me the right advice throughout my career. He spoke very highly of Larry.” Mullin played with Bird on Dream Team in the 1992 Olympics and was also a member of the 1999-2000 Pacers team coached by Bird that went all the way to the NBA Finals.