Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 2:30 pm  |  24 responses

How Will the Draft Affect Monta Ellis?

Monta is reportedly still unhappy in Oakland, and depending on what the Warriors do during the NBA Draft, those feelings could intensify: “Over the last weeks of the regular season, Ellis, once again, expressed general dis-satisfaction with the direction of the franchise. (Stephen Jackson, a key Ellis ally, apparently also voiced many of the same concerns about what the Warriors need to do to get back into contention.) Also, leading up to the June 25 draft, Ellis apparently has not been thrilled to hear that the Warriors are eyeing the selection of one of the many point guards with their No. 7 overall selection, since Ellis wants to be the Warriors primary playmaker. So, Nelson and Riley flew to see Ellis. And…  One source indicates that Ellis came out of the Nelson/Riley meeting with the understanding that they would not draft a play-making guard to usurp Ellis’ standing. I assume that Brandon Jennings, Ricky Rubio, Jrue Holiday, Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans would all fall into that promise-won’t-draft category.”

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  • http://sandoonamoon.blogspot.com/ Superman_Osman

    Why does this allways happen to a team that Jamaal Crawford and his agent step foot at?!

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Or Ellis misunderstood. Possibly because Don Nelson lies.

  • Tenorca

    Awesome news as always from the Warriors. I love rooting for this team. (Though it should be noted that Ellis doesn’t have much of a right to be pissy after squandering last season crashing an effing moped. Man up, Monta).

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    Man, I love Monta, but the guy needs to figure out what he wants. He’s not a PG, he doesn’t even try to be one. And after last season’s fiasco he needs to play the role of good soldier and do his best to help this team get back to the playoffs with his game, not his mouth.
    Now, I’d tend to agree with him that this team doesn’t really need ANOTHER scoring guard.
    But, I think a big guard like Tyreke or even TWill could fit nicely, and give them a decent mix of backcourt size and ability to distribute the ball. Stephen Jackson has become a decent playmaker in his own right so I could see this team functioning without a “pure” PG.
    Monta and Tyreke/TWill in the backcourt, with Stephen Jackson, Anthony Randolph and Andris Biedrins up front looks like a pretty sick starting lineup to me. Then they’d have Maggette, Crawford, and Turiaf off the bench. Not to mention Anthony Morrow and Azubuike. I actually still really like their talent, but they need to move some of those scorers for a big who wants to hit the glass and defend.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    If Ellis thinks he’s a complete guard, whatever position, he shouldn’t be scared of a new blood taking up the other spot. But of course Monta isn’t a complete 1, pass first guard. Lazy one armed passes get highlighted by the biggest critics while Jax with too much ball handling = turnovers. Biedrins is the pivot with Turiaf and Randolph maturing very quickly. Way too many guards big enough to play 3 espec. in the Nellie Offense with big contracts which are neigh untradable by most thoughts on it. So the draft with the multitude of guards with a future are where they should go, yes as it will be the “best avail. player” and Nellie usually doesn’t play rookies, despite skill. Or he will later into the season, if its one of his finally last seasons commanding the team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    They also spent on players whom didn’t work out (instead of Davis who was key to their playoff contention). Cohan is stingy about that salary cap and can rightfully say they opened up their wallets for re-upping Jack, bringing in Maggette, trading for Crawford (but he may soon be gone due to his former deal and upcoming free agency?). Not contenders with this group, but their opinion on “they spent already,” is probably going to be the focus of those pep talks.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    To me, there’s no bigger, more clueless mess than the Warriors franchise. What happened 2 years ago when Baron Davis and the crew gave us some of the most exciting playoff basketball of the decennium, seems lik ages ago.

  • kwame

    I agree with above…MONTA isn’t a true pg…

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    their guards: monta, cj, sjax, buike, crawford, belinelli, morrow. not to mention they also have maggette. somebody please fix this team

  • seven deuce

    If Monta doesn’t want the team to draft another guard maybe he should try to play in a way that alleviates the need for one. That team has a lot of problems, he’s but one of them. Trade 75% of that roster and get some players who have real positions in the L.

  • http://myspace.com/mavus15 Mavus

    You know they still are getting a point, right

  • The Cool

    He would be the best 30-35 min a night Jason Terry-esque 6th man on any team in the league…except the Mavs

    Though on the right team he could be a very very good starter at either guard.

    Free Monta!

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  • chintao

    Blinguo makes good points.


    this boy is getting out of hand !!!! he needs to shut his mouth and man up!!! he got something like 10mill dollars for 25 games this season and now he is expressing general dis-satisfaction with the direction of the franchise!!! maybe he should blame himself for the direction……..

    the fact is the warriors need a PG, monta aint a pg nor will he ever be one, he needs to stick to what got him his 60+million/6 year deal and stop being a jerk

    Nellie still needs take somebody like Flynn to run the show in Oakland

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Toronto could use a guy like him. Just off the top of my head.

  • $tev3

    Trade Magette and fire donnie then ull be fine with monte stack jack & birends

  • niQ

    Although they say they won’t draft a Guard, we ALL know Nelson will not care and still draft a Guard. Nelson has some Guardfetish.

  • niQ

    GS will most likely draft a point guard though..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    They’re going to draft a guard, then trade Biedrins for another guard… Then bench Jamal Crawford to play a different guard like Anthony Morrow..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Moose: YES! Monta to the Knicks or the Raptors. I’m liking the sound of this, though I don’t know if it will happen.

  • niQ

    at this rate, I would accept any shooting guard that is known as a scorer. (well except t-mac)

  • niQ

    and by I i meant raptors.