Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  6 responses

Warriors Continue to Deny Monta Ellis Trade Chatter

Golden State GM Larry Riley keeps insisting that nothing is in play for Monta Ellis, though no one seems particularly interested in believing him. The latest, via CSN: “There have been separate reports in the past week, one linking Ellis to a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and another linking him with the Orlando Magic. ‘Nobody is saying … ‘What will it take to get Monta Ellis?’ Riley said. ‘We’re in a situation where the calls are no more than they normally are around the trade deadline or around this time of year. Let’s face it: I like Monta, (coach) Mark Jackson likes Monta and (owner) Joe Lacob likes Monta. ‘This is one of those things where there have been at least two stories that were absolute fabrications. Some of those things that are coming out are an insult to the people on the other side.’ Riley was clearly referring to a DraftExpress.com report that said the Warriors had offered Ellis, power forward Ekpe Udoh and Andris Biedrins for Magic center Dwight Howard. ESPN.com reported earlier last week that the Warriors and Philly were talking about an Ellis-for-Andre Iguodala trade. ‘It’s very likely that (Ellis) will not be traded on draft night or even through the summer,’ Riley said. ‘I’m not looking at that happening. It would take something that I don’t see right now for that to happen.’”

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  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Your nose is growing, Mr. Riley.

  • JIm

    These rumors are nothing but Larry Riley and the Warriors organization trying to build up Monta Ellis trade value. It is a joke to mention him in a trade for a superstar like Dwight Howard. It is another joke that Philly would ever trade Iguodala straight up for Ellis.

    Monta Ellis is a 6’1″ shooting guard who throws up tons of shots on a bad team to get his 24 point scoring average. Ellis is also a terrible defender that will leave any backcourt he plays in terribly undersized.

    You watch Warriors fans – you will get nothing close for Ellis as have been the trade rumors leaked by your pathetic Warriors organization. Better yet keep Ellis and Curry as your backcourt and give up 120 points a game!

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    rule number one of negotiations: act like you don’t want to trade.

  • davidR

    Add JIm to the long list of people that pretend to watch and know the warriors.

  • don

    i’m not sure this JIM watches monta play.

  • J

    this jim guy is a damn fool. ellis is capable of 50 points a night and playing 45 out of 48 minutes. dont diss on ellis if u have no idea what you’re talking about. of course ellis for howard isnt really fair, but ellis and biedrins for howard is. keep in mind howard isnt good for 50 points in a game