Ellis has plenty of options

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Yesterday we found out that Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis plans on opting out of his current contract. This could wind up a great financial move for Ellis as Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reports that a number of teams are interested in him. On top of the financial gain all of the mentioned teams, except one, are teams that could give him a chance to keep playing playoff basketball.

Sources say the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers have interest in Ellis, although the Lakers could get Ellis only via an unlikely sign-and-trade deal. (Chris Broussard – ESPN.com)

Ellis himself also has another team he’d like to play for but they’d have to make somethings work financially to add him.

The Mavericks and Lakers strike me as the two most interesting and the reason is, Dwight Howard and here’s why.

Ellis, who originally signed a six-year, $66 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, is close with Lakers free agent Dwight Howard. The two have long desired to play together.

If Howard cannot achieve his top goal of playing with Chris Paul, teaming up with Ellis may become an option he would strongly consider.(Chris Broussard – ESPN.com)

Makes a lot of sense right? Howard wants to play with Chris Paul but if he can’t he’s got another scorer next to him.


If Howard does stay in Los Angeles the team is completely maxed out on money BUT they can add help. They do have their $3 million mid-level exception. Would Ellis accept this? That I’m not sure, especially after the Bucks did offer a 2-year, $24 million exception.

With Dallas, I don’t really see how they could afford to bring Ellis in if they’ve got Howard on board. I’d think Ellis to the Mavs would be something that happens if they lose out on the Dwight sweepstakes.

The only team not mentioned by Broussard is the Sacramento Kings who also have interest but a deal isn’t likely. They’ve already got enough shoot first guards.

The one thing that’s for certain is Ellis will be on the market for a little while. I don’t see many teams making moves till Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have found new homes.

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