Aldridge: Ellis Mulling Free Agent Offers From Kings, Hawks, Mavs

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Milwaukee Bucks free agent guard Monta Ellis is currently deciding between offers from the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, according to a league source.
Ellis is intrigued by the Kings, according to the source. Sacramento will have to move one of its existing guards first, however, to be able to get Ellis, a career 19-point per game scorer and one of the last major free agents left on the market that hasn’t yet agreed to terms with a new or current team.

Sacramento agreed to acquire Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute Tuesday for two future second-round picks, according to league sources. It’s not clear if getting Mbah a Moute, who is scheduled to make $4.58 million next season, would prohibit the Kings from being able to make a run at Ellis.

The Mavericks would almost certainly have to find a trade partner for forward Shawn Marion and his expiring $9.3 million contract to be able to create enough cap room to sign Ellis. Dallas agreed last week on a four-year, $29 million deal for free agent point guard Jose Calderon, and also have deals for veteran Devin Harris and Israeli point guard Gal Mekel. But the Mavericks need a two guard.

Sources confirmed an ESPN.com report that the Bucks are looking to acquire point guard Jeff Teague from the Hawks, who played last season for Milwaukee’s new coach, Larry Drew. If Atlanta can pull that deal off, Ellis could come in and play point guard for the Hawks next season. The Hawks have agreed to re-sign free agent guard Kyle Korver, and reached agreement last Friday on a two-year, $19.2 million deal for Jazz free agent forward Paul Millsap. Ellis opted out of the final year of his six-year, $66 million contract last month, which would have paid him $11 million for the upcoming season.

The Chicago Bulls also were very interested in Ellis, but couldn’t figure out a way to swing a deal with Milwaukee without giving up one of their core pieces, including forward Taj Gibson. The Bulls are convinced a return to health from their key players, notably 2011 league MVP Derrick Rose, will get them back to the top of the Eastern Conference next season. Chicago agreed to terms last week with free agent forward Mike Dunleavy, Jr.

The Nuggets, another team that has interest in Ellis, are likely to create a $12 million cap exception after completing a sign-and-trade deal with Golden State for forward Andre Iguodala. But Denver is not currently among the teams making the biggest play for Ellis.

The 27-year-old Ellis averaged 19.2 points per game last season for the Bucks, who were the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. After agreeing to sign guard O.J. Mayo when the NBA moratorium on contract signings ends Wednesday, the Bucks are also likely to lose their other starting guard from last season, restricted free agent Brandon Jennings.

65 Comments

  1. memgirl says:

    To Bad My Grizzlies Are Too Cheap To Sign Him

    • mark says:

      To the Denver Nuggets
      Go get Monts Ellis this would put Nuggets back in the top Four of the Western Conf. Stop playing around and go get him.

  2. Marcus says:

    The best look for Monta is Dallas or Chicago or possibly Denver. I wouldnt waste my interest with the Kings it’s a terrible market just like the Bucks. Go somewhere to get a bigger name because Monta is a Allstar player but he will never get the recognition due to playing in these low markets.

  3. BEVAN says:

    GOOD LUCK J- SMOOVE HAWKS G.M. IS STUPID

  4. […] (who may be the front-runners at this point), Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats. Word is that Ellis hopes to make a decision within the next 36-48 hours. Per NBA.com: “Milwaukee Bucks free agent guard Monta Ellis is […]

  5. DJones316 says:

    He’s not going to Chicago, they don’t have the money for him and Monta is going to want a top contract. Dallas or Atlanta would be a perfect fit.

  6. JOE TRUELOVE says:

    Who cares, none of the teams are real playoff contesstants besides the Bulls

  7. Peroul says:

    hope he goes to Dallas. Perfect fit there, and I feel bad for Dirk so I hope they at least grab him to win a few games this season

  8. jake says:

    The bucks need to stop playing games jennings is the face of our team and .him along side o.j. and larry we have another playoff team hands down. Now for monta shoulda took the $ the bucks offered you not guna get a better deal then $37mill so with that i like the thought of trading him for boozer it makes both teams better and the bulls got taj to move to the starting.roll who ia a younger boozer. And the bucks need a big body scorer along side sander s!!

  9. HawksFan says:

    Atlanta needs to push hard for Ellis. We’ve been dragging a horrible team with B List talent around too long. Monta gives us that missing playmaker we’ve been needing for years, a true leader, slasher, and offensive focal point. Lets get this done.

  10. Marc says:

    It doesn’t matter about going to a bad team bc his bucks weren’t even over .500 which is sad

  11. Gene Kephart says:

    out of those 3 he should choose Sacramento. but knicks n pistons would fit him better

    • qqqq says:

      As a knick fan i disagree. We already have melo and JR smith, and they both rack up alot of shots. And I dont think ellis is a much better player than JR. they both can score, but jr plays better defense than ellis

  12. natan says:

    i think ellis should play in atlanta

  13. J says:

    should’ve went to Denver don’t go to those teams

  14. asdf says:

    If bobcats signs this guy, they should be a pretty good offensive team, with jefferson signed and kemba is not a bad offensive player.

  15. B Radd says:

    Ellis will fit with the Bulls. Keep Rose at Point,allow Ellis to score the Bulk at make Derrick orchestrate the offense. Keep Gibson and trade Luol. If the Bulls get rid of Boozer, in my opinion would be a dumb move because his strength can hold off other bigs. He also provides a presence that intimidates smaller players. Sometimes stats blinds even these so called scouts, these scouts seam to know so much about the sport and base every little detail about a players game on stats. What I don’t get is, how is it possible for an expert to know so much about the sport but never ever played it. I know how I would play Monta and Derrick. Imagine if their Front Court were Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith.

  16. squala96 says:

    If he wants to be the star: Denver
    If he wants to combine forces with a superstar and put some substance in the back court: New York

    Chicago will also be great if he wants to contend in the East, but he needs to be able to somehow yield for Rose when he comes back as he is more mega than Curry, whom Ellis used to play with.

    Dallas may not be the best option as Dirk is on a decline and there is not much promise in the rest of the team.

  17. FL says:

    get him to dallas…they need scorer now at SG..
    i don’t think the kings are fit to him…remember that they trade and sign Evans to pelicans to have more rooms for mclemore in SG… and what they need is a SF…

  18. Maurice says:

    Monta is not a winner so I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Kings which already has too many guards. They don’t even know what they want to do lol. Go to hawks get paid and won’t have to worry about playoffs

  19. HEolll says:

    The lakers need him

  20. Fran says:

    Kings. With Vazques in the point he can guard the 2 of other teams while monta guards the point less mismatches . Plus kings are looking better this year. Maybe trade macus thorton some where

  21. guy from oz says:

    can the hawks sign monta and teauge it would be awresome great front court then hawks only need to sign a decent centre to help horford

  22. steagle says:

    Monta Ellis is a premier scorer but really doesn’t bring much else to the table. That’s not to say he is totally overpriced for what he DOES bring, but a lot of teams are not interested in someone who is only good at one thing – especially if that person is to be a starter. As a Celtics fan I look at someone like Ellis and first think, “damn, he would be a great addition to the C’s”, but then I think of Avery Bradley, and how the guy can score AND defend and gives it his all every night and realize we’re better off with what we’ve got. Ellis is streaky, some nights putting up 30 and then 6 or 7 the next night. His performance averages out to around 19ppg give or take, but it’s such a disparity between his on nights and off nights.

    Not trying to knock the guy just sayin that a lot of teams are not interested in streaky offensive players and he does cost a lot of money.

  23. Sunny says:

    Dallas, hope you are listening. you have little chance to those big names. Mark pls try to rebulid your team with younger or talent players. Don’t be fool to get empty handed again this year,ok! Try to bring in some decent players,even Tracy M will be a good fit. May I suggest…Aaron Brooks,Antawn J.,Byron Mullens,MWP,Terrence Williams,Garrett Tample and Lou Amundson, ?

  24. Unkle Daddy says:

    I wanted to see him go to Denver, but I guess that’s no happening. I thought a few better teams would have went after this guy,

  25. joel says:

    go 2 Denver monta NAOW.

  26. la4life says:

    i dont really know what cubans thinking of going after all the top contract players

    • SAM REYES says:

      He’s doing the same LAC Houston and miami did!!
      want some very good players toguether,and doing that others will choose to be in there for lees money and be a contender intead of having a big contract and even mii

  27. Patty says:

    Monta Ellis is a very, very good player. All the best to Monta Ellis.

  28. Willy Spurd says:

    Wow! Being an old Buck fan, old days, I just don’t understand what is happening up there? Nobody goes to the games? Move the franchise. That back court, along with JJ got them into the playoffs last year. Add a few big men and maybe they are not so bad. But now, rebuild the whole team, don’t get it? The fans up Nort must be a little confused. Go Packers!

  29. Kal says:

    hope it’s the Mavs. (same with Bynum to Mavs possibility.) i wanna see Jose and Dirk in the West playoffs.

    • SAM REYES says:

      Totally agree the mavs can secure the playoffs with monta and bynum would like to be in playoffs too,what can make the mavs improove more than many people can think of,and calderon and dirk have the exp to beat the champs but they need that extr support!!

  30. drose1 says:

    Ellis should come to the Bulls!! I seriously don’t mind giving up Gibson cuz he hasn’t shown much after his big deal. Chicago, plz do something to get this guy!

  31. Trey says:

    Denver is the best fit 2nd option would b Dallas. Apparently the bulls r missing out I would get ride of Gibson they could use the extra scoring they have enough big bodies.

  32. Guy-Standing says:

    I hope he goes to the Kings, with Vasquez playing point that would be a good fit, If they want to go small put in Thomas and they would be lightning quick.

    • BigBoy says:

      exxcept vasquez is one of the slowing PG’s in the league. hes probably the tallest at 6’6 but not lightning quick lmao

  33. Arbalet says:

    The team receiving the player in sign & trade cannot be above the “apron” or use the Taxpayer Mid-Level exception. It means that Bulls could receive Ellis only if they trade to Milwaukee Deng or Boozer or trio Gibson-Hinrich-Hamilton AND do not sign Dunleavy.
    I’m afraid that David Aldridge doesn’t understand well new trade rules.

  34. JimmyJazz says:

    What are Dallas doing? Seems like a bit of a shambles.

    • BigBoy says:

      cubans not gonna get bynum, cubans not gonna get ellis, cubans not gonna get rondo. no big name wants to play with an aging dirk nowitzki,

  35. Stu-Brew says:

    I say he should go to either Chicago or Dallas.

  36. the Seer says:

    can OKC trade Perkins or something? Ellis 2nd unit boss

    • adam says:

      Ellis coming off the bench??? lol

      • BigBoy says:

        perkins for monta? are you kidding me?? another noob throwing out ridiculous trade scenarios to make their team better.

    • Marc says:

      No why would okc trade Perkins? That is the dumbest idea ever bc Perkins gives them a low post defensive presence and if they traded him they would be screwed bc he bangs down low w other bigs and elis wouldn’t help them at all maybe playing a bench role but he isn’t going to do that and they won’t trade Perkins

  37. adam says:

    Monta to the kings would be great! they are in need of a decent SF
    if not they can pick up MWP

  38. Bill says:

    Because the kings are an up and coming team and he likes their coach.

  39. Jonathan says:

    Imagine drose, monta, deng,boozer,Noah

    Bench dunleavly Nate the great taj Gibson and jimmy butler top 3 team in the east hands down

    • SAM REYES says:

      weres the money? they need to agree in terms of salary,so at the end this is just fiction!!

    • Jojo Lecitona says:

      Top 3? Are you kidding me. Bulls in 7th or 8th in east maybe but not top 3.

      • PIpsqueak48 says:

        @ Jojo Lecitona,What are you an idiot? Last season they were the 5th seed without D Rose. Adding an MVP to the mix is going to either have them stay put or atleast drop one place. As far as Monta Ellis goes, I don’t think he will give them an X Factor as he cannot make any other major contributions other than scoring.

  40. chitown says:

    I think I would go to Dallas if I were Monta Ellis. He could be a piece that they could use effectively. Atlanta already has Jeff Teague, but if he leaves, then I would reconsider. Monta Ellis likes having the ball in his hands. Even though the Bucks made the postseason with Jennings and Ellis, they still had issues because Jennings and Ellis are both scorers. Signing with Dallas would make him alone in the backcourt with only Devin Harris. He can easily score and play next to the aging Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs are saving cap space for next year as well so who knows what they might do. If they wanna tank next year and save money and possibly go for Andrew Wiggins, then they stay away from Ellis. If they want to have a piece to build around Nowitzki and try to lure a prize free agent next year, they should get Ellis.

  41. John says:

    Ellis wants to get paid! Plus he already has a relationship with new kings coach Mike Malone. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the kings have a +.500 record with him replacing Smart; especially if we get Ellis.Kings have already made moves to acquire Landry, Vasquez, and Mbah a Moute. The kings should improve vastly on the defensive end.

  42. Akeem says:

    Hawks better get Jennings over ellis, if they are going to let Teague go.

  43. KImmy says:

    Why would Monta Elllis, who came from a team who makes the playoffs (at least) be highly interested in going to one of the worst teams in the NBA? I don’t understand. Well, maybe this is just rumors and not from his mouth.