HoopsHype Monta Ellis rumors

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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

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“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

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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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Monta Ellis on his decision to come to Dallas: “I chose this place because of all the options that I had, I felt like this was the best chance and the best opportunity for me to be on that elite state. They're a great organization. They got a hall of fame player in Dirk, so without the defense focused mostly on me, I can expand my game a little bit more. And the city is great. It’s great for my family, my kids love it in school, so I just felt like it was the right fit for me, and I’m happy to be a Maverick.” Dallas Morning News

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Former Mavericks and currrent TV analyst guard Derek Harper recently joined DallasBasketball.com. Here are some highlights. On the Mavericks’ offseason: “I think anytime you’re going to try to be successful throughout an NBA season, you need good backcourt play. Adding what the Mavericks have added in the backcourt gives them the chance to surprise some people. The West is going to be extremely tough this year, even better than last year, I think. But when you look at Monta Ellis, a guy who can create a lot of things on the offensive end not only for himself but for other, I think he’ll be a perfect Robin for Batman, who clearly is Dirk Nowitzki. Devin Harris brings experience. (Jose) Calderon is a solid point guard, a guy that I’ve always liked simply because he doesn’t turn the basketball over, and we had a lot of problems last year. We lost a lot of games last year down the stretch because of turnovers and just not being able to make decisions down the stretch.” Dallas Morning News

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The combination of playing with Dirk Nowitzki and having the benefit of coach Rick Carlisle’s creativity offensively could be exactly what Ellis needs to become a more efficient player — which is pretty much the only thing standing between him and all-star status. “We think that in our system, Monta can really bloom,” owner Mark Cuban said. “He has superstar potential. It will be fun to see how much his game grows under Rick and playing next to Dirk and a pass-first point guard like Jose [Calderon].” Dallas Morning News

July 12, 2013 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Harris is now likely to have surgery on toe by month's end to put him in line for a return to the court by the start of the NBA's regular season. Upon learning of Harris' need for surgery, Dallas reached terms Friday on a three-year deal worth at least $25 million to sign Milwaukee Bucks free agent Monta Ellis. The money Dallas is no longer spending on Harris, sources said, has been earmarked for the signing of a big man, with Milwaukee free agent Samuel Dalembert ranking as the Mavericks' clear-cut preference after team officials spent all day Thursday meeting with him in Dallas. ESPN.com

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