HoopsHype Monta Ellis rumors


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The American Airlines Center crowd gasped when it saw Ellis, the leading scorer for the Dallas Mavericks this season, crumple to the court and grab his left ankle in agony late in Sunday's win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He landed awkwardly after a drive to the basket and severely twisted the ankle that still has plates and screws in it from a 2008 surgery. "Most guys in this league wouldn't even think about playing two nights later," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. ESPN.com

But everyone believed Ellis when he said after that game that he wouldn't miss any time. He hasn't yet for the Mavs; he played through a hamstring strain last season, a vomit-inducing illness last week and several bumps and bruises over the past season and a half. The only question was how well Ellis would be able to play against the Wizards. He answered that with an exclamation point by scoring 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes and spearheading the defensive effort against Washington star shooting guard Bradley Beal, who was held to 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting. "He's been a warrior the entire time he's been here," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He never misses games. He played sick the other night, played hurt tonight. I can't say enough about him. He's been great ever since he got here." ESPN.com

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Cuban will have to negotiate new contracts with Rondo and Chandler this summer, but the Mavs don’t have to worry about the salary cap because they own both players’ Bird rights. Ellis can opt out of the final year of his three-year, $25 million deal that’s been a tremendous bargain. If that happens, the Mavs would own his early Bird rights and be able to offer him a contract with a starting salary of up to 175 percent of the $8.36 million that he makes this season. “I’ll at least do my best to keep them together,” said Cuban, who can pay his own free agents more than other teams are allowed to offer. “I want to keep them together. It’s cheaper to keep her. It’s not where we were before. ESPN.com

“Do I want to go deep into the luxury tax? No, and I think it’s more because I want us to have some options in a couple of years. But, yeah, there’s no reason for us not to keep everybody together, not that I know now. “I want them to give us a hometown discount of about 90 percent, but I understand what’s involved.” ESPN.com

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And any concerns about him and Ellis pairing together in the backcourt seemed like a moot point afterward. “He was great,” Ellis said of Rondo. “He did a wonderful job of finding guys. Putting him in the middle of that zone really loosened up the defense. “My role’s not going to change. I’m still going to be a playmaker and do whatever the team needs me to do. He just plays his game and I’m going to play my game. We’ll figure it out together. It’s just basketball.” Dallas Morning News

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Mark Cuban considers Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis to be kind of like the Rodney Dangerfield of NBA paint attackers. “Monta gets no respect on his drives ever,” Cuban said. “He gets hit on his body all the time and it’s like nothing. I told him he’s got to flail like all these other guys. I mean, I don’t know how he doesn’t get to the line. It’s crazy.” ESPN.com

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All the Mavs cared about is that Ellis knocked down 16 of those shots, and they needed every single one to beat the Bulls. "People talk about the efficiency and this and that," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. "But in a game like this, you need shots and open looks and scores at the right time. When it counts, baby, when it counts. When it counts! "S---, they gave Allen Iverson an MVP for being half as efficient as Monta is." ESPN.com

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The Mavericks have gotten great feedback on their Run DMC video that debuted Thursday at the home opener. “It’s viral,” Cuban said. “Even the original Run DMC tweeted about it. Chandler was good in it. It was fun. And we got more stuff coming, a lot more.” The video features Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis rapping about the Mavericks. Dallas Morning News

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