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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.

Monta Ellis, Pacers discussing three-year deal

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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.’’
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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.
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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.
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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.”

Monta Ellis not looking to leave Dallas

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.