HoopsHype Monta Ellis rumors

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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A year ago, Jennings and Ellis were the dynamic backcourt for a Bucks team which is 3-15 and has hit hard times today. "It's the situation he's in. He's on a team where they need somebody to score. Dirk (Nowitzki) is not that scorer like he used to be. He still can do it, don't get me wrong. But he (Ellis) is in a situation kind of like he was in at Golden State, before Stephen Curry and all of them got there. So he's the main scorer and he's the guy," Jennings said of Ellis' explosion. Booth Newspapers

Cuban also added in his own not-so-subtle way that he believes Monta Ellis is getting the short end of officiating calls when he goes to the basket. "He's been going to the hoop and hasn't been getting the calls," Cuban said. That said, Cuban doesn't want Ellis to change. He said he's been pleased with the way the newcomer has been getting his points, often playing off of Dirk Nowitzki. "That's what I was hoping," Cuban said. "And more importantly, I envisioned those buckets coming near the basket." Dallas Morning News

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As a way of motivating himself, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis has some very critical articles in his American Airlines Center locker which states how terrible he is at the defensive end of the floor. The motivating tool has apparently worked, because Ellis has turned up the defensive juices in recent games, much to the delight of coach Rick Carlisle. However, Carlisle noted that Ellis will have his stiffest challenge to date Friday when he has to defend Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat on Friday and Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo on Saturday. “He’s picked it up in the last few games and the assignments the next couple of games get harder with Wade,’’ Carlisle said. “He probably won’t guard (LeBron) James, but then you’ve got Oladipo in Orlando, and the other guy (Aaron Afflalo) is good too. “In a situation like his where he’s a dynamic scorer, teams are always going to go at him. So it’s important that he is able to hold the fort defensively and be able to continue to attack offensively.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 12, 2013 Updates

Q: Was there a single wisest move along the way? Joe Lacob: It's hard to point to one move. But the hiring of Jerry West is, from the standpoint of the average fan and even to the rest of the NBA, representative. He's had five decades of success. Having him being associated with us, and being very committed to the change we're trying to bring out, that certainly was a big move that started us in the right direction. Hiring Mark Jackson was not as clear to people, but it was very important. And then the Monta Ellis trade (sigh) . . . while difficult for a lot of people to handle, was probably a representative move that needed to happen to turn the team over to Steph as our emerging leader. It had to be done. And it also represented bringing in Bogut, even though he wasn't healthy, because it showed our commitment to changing what and who we were as a team – defense, size and rebounding. CSNBayArea.com

November 10, 2013 Updates

Ellis played the last year-and-a-half for the Bucks and signed a three-year, $25 million free agent contract with the Mavs over the summer. Mayo played last season for the Mavs and signed a three-year, $24 million free agent contract with the Bucks over the summer. But Ellis said in no way was he trying to match Mayo backet for basket Saturday. "I don't play them games,'' said Ellis, who had 18 points, five assists, three steals and four turnovers. "The only thing I was worrying about was winning and doing what I've been doing the whole season, and that's attacking the basket and finding players. "I don't get into any of that back-and-forth issues.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Ellis said nothing about Saturday seemed weird to him. Not being back at the Bradley Center, and certainly not the constant booing he received from the crowd. "That's part of the buisness,'' Ellis said. "Sometimes is goes that way. It wasn't weird at all. "When they called my name (in pre-game introductions) and they booed I knew what night it was going to be the whole night. But I said it's part of it, I'm not worried about it.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Ellis, the Mavericks’ explosive new shooting guard who arrived in Dallas with a rap for being inefficient, is 10-of-36 from the floor and has committed 11 turnovers in the last few games. He’s confident, however, that he knows how to get back in his groove from the first four games of the preseason. Attack more. “I think I’m looking for the pass too much,” Ellis said after Wednesday’s win over the Atlanta Hawks’ backups, when he had 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, five assists and six turnovers. “I’ve got to be more aggressive attacking the basket, getting a couple to go down and then work to see how the defense changes.” ESPN.com

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However, it isn’t hard to find the silver lining from the Dallas Mavericks’ 102-94 defeat by the Orlando Magic on Monday night. We got a glimpse of just how good the two-man game with Dirk Nowitzki and new sidekick Monta Ellis can be during the second quarter. That duo ran the high pick-and-pop over and over during that frame, filling it up for a combined 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. “That’s probably going to be our bread and butter all season long,” said Nowitzki, who finished with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, although he was more focused on his failure to get a single rebound in 25 minutes. ESPN.com

October 10, 2013 Updates

“I’m going to get criticized for what I do anyway so the only thing I can do is laugh it off,” said Ellis, who averaged 19.1 ppg on 41.6 percent shooting last season with Milwaukee. “There’s a lot of guys that take a lot of bad shots in this league, a lot of bad shots. Nobody wants to talk about them, but everybody wants to talk about the shots that Monta takes. The only thing that I’m going to do is take the punches and prove everybody wrong.” NBA.com

October 3, 2013 Updates

Monta Ellis on coming from a poor upbringing: “Basketball is my life. My oldest brother put it in me when I was young. I was coming by him, but I had a gift from an early age, and I knew that I had to use that to get where I wanted to go to make a better life for me and my family. “Everybody knew about me, but when they come with the gangs and the drugs… I come from a familiar background to that, so it was either that or nothing. So me, if I wasn’t going to be a basketball player, I probably would have turned to the streets. Every time I go back home, my grandma always tells me she don’t know how I made it out of there, but at the same time, it was a blessing. It was meant to happen, and I say that because my oldest brother should have been the first one to make it to the NBA, and he chose the other route than the one I chose, but I learned from his mistakes.” Dallas Morning News

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