HoopsHype Monta Ellis rumors


April 24, 2015 Updates
April 13, 2015 Updates

Owner Mark Cuban thought enough of the scene Monta Ellis caused at the end of the double-overtime win at Denver to reach out to the Mavericks' shooting guard. Cuban said he could understand how fans and media members felt when they saw Ellis sitting away from the team huddle and staying disengaged in the game that ended with every other teammate up on the bench applauding the play of Raymond Felton. "We texted about it," Cuban said. "He was just feeling funky and it happens sometimes. There's never been a guy that played a lot of minutes that didn't have one game where he was off to his own thoughts. I don't think it's any big deal. Whatever he was thinking about he was thinking about and we move on." Dallas Morning News

April 5, 2015 Updates

He was very pleasant, but his answers were fairly scripted as he spoke to me while getting dressed. I nodded along as he talked about the importance of communication as the team continues to gel. Ho-hum. Then the following exchange happened: Me: “I’ve heard about chemistry issues, this and that, but I’ve also heard you and Monta get along really well off the court—” Rondo [interrupting]: “That’s like my brother. [Pauses for a second.] We’re very supportive of each other. We have a lot of similarities. When you kinda … have the same background, it’s just easy to relate. That’s how our relationship grew.” Grantland

The friendship between Rondo and Monta is a real thing. Has anything ever made so much sense while simultaneously making no sense at all? On the floor, these two are polar opposites. One shoots at will, while the other regularly looks off wide-open jumpers. They don’t even fit particularly well on the court, physically. Rondo’s spacing (or lack thereof) seems to be a real problem for Ellis. But when you start to think about how they both play with an edge and can both be pretty stubborn, and sometimes even un-coachable, the friendship seems like a no-brainer. Grantland

March 29, 2015 Updates

The shooting guard's streak of 237 consecutive games played probably will end Sunday at Indiana because of a right calf injury. Ellis was getting around with the help of crutches Saturday morning before the Mavericks departed San Antonio. He is listed as doubtful against the Pacers, but coach Rick Carlisle said it's a little more than that. "He's on crutches, which is never good," Carlisle said. "So he appears to be very doubtful. We don't think it's serious. But we are concerned." Dallas Morning News

"It certainly creates a challenge we haven't faced," Carlisle said. "We're talking about a guy who has played every game since he's been in a Maverick uniform, which is beyond commendable. And so it's going to be next man up. "We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively. You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Dallas Morning News

March 28, 2015 Updates

Ellis did not return to the game and left AT&T Center on crutches. As usual, he did not speak to media members. No further tests were scheduled, but an update is expected Saturday. “He was kicked or kneed in the right calf,” Carlisle said. “It’s very sore. But we don’t know the extent of it. We’ll see how he feels [Saturday] and go from there.” Dallas Morning News

March 26, 2015 Updates
March 25, 2015 Updates

Are you worried about Monta right now? Mark Cuban: I'm worried about him not making shots. I see them wrap him up like a mummy before the games. My only knock on Monta is he'll play through anything. He's such a warrior; he just wants to compete every night as hard as he can and that's not always the smartest thing to do. But at the same time, I respect the hell out of that because there's nobody who wants it as bad as him. Dallas Morning News

However, Ellis acknowledged in his TNT postgame interview that his health had been an issue, something he repeatedly denied publicly and privately during his extended slump. The fact that he refused to take any time off to fully heal -- which would have snapped Ellis' streak of consecutive games played that dates to the beginning of the 2012-13 season -- was a source of frustration within the organization. "I've been battling injuries all season," Ellis said on TNT. "The last few days, my body has been feeling good and tonight I'll sleep real good. I went and worked out last night for at least two and a half hours. I wanted to come in tonight and give my team a lift that they have been looking for. "Now that my body is feeling good, we'll try to make a run of it until the playoffs start." ESPN.com

March 23, 2015 Updates

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