HoopsHype Monta Ellis rumors

September 30, 2014 Updates

They selected Ellis in the 2005 NBA Draft, but after 39 other players had heard their names. No matter—three years later he was putting pen to paper on a $67 million deal, so yeah, Monta Ellis was not used to coming up short, to losing, to defeat. He succeeded in everything he tried, from bowling to games like dominoes and spades to high school tennis (he never lost a match). And so, as the losses began to pile up, Ellis found himself struggling inside. He didn’t know how to cope with constant defeat. He couldn’t figure out how to adjust. Eventually, all the desire that had been used as fuel had been extracted, like water from a sponge. “I just didn’t love basketball anymore,” the nine-year vet says. “I wasn’t happy and I didn’t feel like the teams I was with wanted to win. To me, winning is all that matters and we weren’t even close.” SLAM

And really, that’s all Ellis ever wanted—to be put in pressure situations. He’s been given that chance in Dallas. Now, for the first time in years, Monta Ellis is happy. His numbers might not have changed, but he certainly has. “All I wanted was one more chance, to go out as a winner and show my son that his dad is not what people say he is, and Dallas gave it to me.” SLAM

June 5, 2014 Updates
May 30, 2014 Updates

Along with Nowitzki, who took over for Mike Modano as the host of the event a couple years back, an assortment of sports celebrities will be on hand for the game, presented by Baylor Medical Center, including: Dallas Mavericks Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jae Crowder, Bernard James, Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo, plus head coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant; the Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin; former Texas Rangers great Michael Young; former Dallas Mav Jason Terry; the Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons and MLB All-Star Vernon Wells. Dallas Morning News

May 5, 2014 Updates
April 27, 2014 Updates

But Ellis, a man who has admitted that the waves of criticism of his game fueled his fire, wasn’t about to boast after by far his best playoff performance. He didn’t see his career playoff-high 29-point performance in the Dallas Mavericks' sensational 109-108 Game 3 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday as the time for told-you-so talk. His billionaire boss sure did. "Boy, Monta has really made everybody look smart that said it was a dumb signing," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said, sarcasm dripping with the beads of sweat after the wild celebration at the American Airlines Center set off by Vince Carter’s game-winning buzzer-beater. "He was just the worst signing of the summer. You know, he’s just not efficient in the playoffs, not efficient in the regular season. ESPN.com

April 14, 2014 Updates
March 31, 2014 Updates

Q: So, do you like the direction that the team went in last summer, bringing in Monta and Jose on long-term contracts? Dirk Nowitzki: Well, I think we still have to prove it. That's the question. It's another big summer for us. We won the 'ship in '11, and then the lockout came, and we had to make some business decisions. We couldn't keep some of our warriors we won the championship with, and we had to make some tough decisions for our team, and for our fans. We moved on, and we tried to get some big free agents. Didn't work out, and that's part of the business. What you try to do is steady the ship and keep getting better. If it's not going to be another superstar this summer, then another couple of good players, like we did last year. That whole eight one-year deal [concept] didn't work, so that's why we went in a different direction. We brought in the steady backcourt duo in Monta [and Calderon]. They're going to be here a while. So if you can't get a superstar player, you try to get a bunch of good players, and they like playing with each other, and you go from there. NBA.com

February 25, 2014 Updates
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February 8, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis suffered only a light strain of his right hamstring and hopes to play on the team's three-game road trip, a league source said. The Mavs will update Ellis' status after their Sunday morning shootaround in Boston. Ellis is pushing to play Sunday against the Celtics, the source said, but is likely to rest at least one game. ESPN.com

January 14, 2014 Updates

There are few teams in the NBA that happen to have a very original social media presence like the Dallas Mavericks, who are making their campaign to get people to vote for their players into the All-Star game into an enjoyable series of photoshopped images that have adorable dogs in them. Dirk Nowtizki sitting next to a crazy eyed one; Monta Ellis posing next to a waving mutt; Shawn Marion showing some emotion along with a super cute puppy. Sportige

December 25, 2013 Updates
December 19, 2013 Updates

Monta Ellis smiled and shook his head when asked for his reaction to Don Nelson's recent comments about him in Sports Illustrated. That's a pretty pleasant response to being called "a pain in the ass when I had him" and "little selfish bastard" by the man who coached him for four seasons with the Golden State Warriors. "That's Nellie being Nellie," Ellis told ESPNDallas.com, chuckling. "I mean, at that time, I was, but it is what it is." ESPN.com

December 17, 2013 Updates

As for former Golden State guard Monta Ellis, now with the Mavericks, Nelson calls him “an incredible, gifted athlete” but “a pain in the ass when I had him.” One day, Nellie recalls, “I said, ‘You know, Monta, this is what I want you to do in practice today. I don’t want you to take a shot. I think you have the ability to create and make plays. If you could ever be a point guard, the way you can score, you could really be a special player.’ So he did. He found people in practice. And I said, ‘Monta, why don’t you focus on being a great point guard. They have the most fun of anybody. They’re the man, they control everything.’ ” Nellie pauses. “He said, ‘Coach, I just want to play. I just want to play.’ He wouldn’t consider that. Now, as he’s matured, he’s started making plays. To his credit, he’s a pretty good player right now. When I had him, all he wanted to do, little selfish bastard, was to shoot every time. And never pass.” SI.com

December 11, 2013 Updates

Q: How realistic is it in your mind that Monta Ellis will be traded? Joe Lacob: I don’t think he will be. I mean, you want me to give odds now? There’s a tremendous amount of speculation in the press, and I can’t believe where all this is coming from… because the stories are completely fabricated, by you or whoever. I don’t know who’s fabricating them. They’re fabrications, complete and utter. All these teams that supposedly have talked to us. It’s not true. It’s just not true. I’m not saying we haven’t had any discussions, we have. But it’s nothing like what’s being reported. We all really like Monta Ellis a lot. We think he’s a great player. The question will be, like with every other player on the team–is there someone we think makes more sense, that could be better, make us a better team? If that happens and we think we can get a good deal, then we’d consider doing it. Every other player… no one’s excluded from that. But I would say right now, if I had to bet, Monta Ellis is going to be on this team. San Jose Mercury-News

December 8, 2013 Updates

But Dallas guard Monta Ellis spoiled the party, making a jumper just before the final buzzer to give the Mavericks a 108-106 win before 20,142 at the Moda Center on Saturday. The loss, which snapped Portland’s four-game win streak, was its first at home in more than a month, since a 116-101 defeat to Houston on Nov. 5, ending an eight-game win streak at the Moda Center. “I was pleased with the way we competed, particularly in the second half,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “It was a good game. We just came up short.” Oregonian

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