Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 2:35 pm  |  21 responses

Monta Ellis to Opt out of Contract and Become a Free Agent

As expected, Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis has informed the team that he’s opting out of his current deal, thereby becoming a highly-coveted free agent this summer. Per the Journal Sentinel and ESPN: “Ellis was owed $11 million in the final year of a six-year, $66 million deal he signed while a member of the Golden State Warriors. But he held a player option and decided to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent. The Bucks received official notification of Ellis’ intentions Monday morning. The Bucks offered Ellis a two-year contract extension last fall, a deal that would have required him to opt in and would have been worth nearly $36 million over the three-year period. But Ellis did not agree to the deal, preferring to weigh his options. Ellis played in all 82 games for Milwaukee last season and was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 19.2 points, 6.0 assists and 2.1 steals. He finished the season ranked 11th in the league in scoring. [...] 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. 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.”

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  • LakeShow

    Howard and Ellis wanna team up? That’s cute.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    “player x and player y have long desired to play together” …. most overused phrase in the past 3-5 years…

  • spit hot fiyah

    how does this guy turn down a 12 mil a year extension? either he doesn’t like Milwaukee at all or he thinks he is way better than he is.

  • RayJr

    Or both.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s probably it

  • roscoe

    Monta needs to realize his way to a gold ball is to…

    i. take a 6th man spot.
    ii. play defense.
    iii. take a less cabbage.
    iv. play with other superstars.
    v. put the past behind you & become a good teammate.
    vi. become coach-able.

  • LLC#12

    Ellis is not a star in this league imo, 6th man of the year is his ceiling

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i actually think they just have to put that Dwight wants to play with them on the bottom of all press releases per ESPN guidelines. http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9395337/monta-ellis-milwaukee-bucks-opt-contract-sources

  • Basketball_iQ

    Too late bruh…. He’s top 5 SG in this league…. No one wins in Milwaukee,,, EVER

  • Basketball_iQ

    Welcome to the site where Monta Ellis eats @ss but Jr Smith is golden. Gtfoh

  • Basketball_iQ

    I like Monta over whoever you like at the 2,,,,outside of Klay Thompson (Lol)

  • BugEyes

    He has trouble guarding the 2 though. I think he should play and guard the 1 I mean almost every point guard in the league shoots in volume. Westbrook Irving lillard Holliday

  • Monta Ellis

    I will not be a sixth man!

  • Groves

    I like James Harden at the two more than Monta. I’m surprised you don’t too

  • SixftShaq

    Don’t forget he’s better than Wade… lol

  • Trillfamyoungin

    come to denver if iggy leaves

  • Caboose

    Your name is the definition of irony.

  • Mike From Spain

    I don’t know, Monta’s game is flashy but when you look at the numbers it does not look outstanding. A high usage volume scorer who is not very efficient and cannot shoot from deep? In a 3 pt shooting PG strong league, he seems a bad fit almost everywhere. And after seeing how his career is panning out, he does not seem to be worth more than 7-8 mill a year.

  • Rapist on BAIL

    He is now. Wade is declining. For the long haul, I’ll take Monta over Wade. Monta just need to be on the team where he is not that relaint as a scorer.

  • Rapist on BAIL

    Monta could thrive in Chicago with Rose in the backcourt if he’s willing to take a pay cut. Being in a major market like Chicago, he may make up the rest of the money in endorsements and such and would finally make the All-Star team. The only two teams that makes sense for him is Chicago or Indiana and maybe Atlanta.

    As far as the Lakers and Knicks. The cities are attractive but not the fan fare, scrutiny, and pressure that comes with playing in those towns from the media. Star players are being extra careful about making the moves to those types of destinations becuz of it. Also Cuban, I’m sorry, but Dallas is not that exciting and nobody really cares to go there anymore. You proved how much of an idiot you were by blowing up a team after winning a championship (who does that?).

    Monta 2 Chicago!

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