DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have contacted free-agent guard Monta Ellis during the first day of NBA free agency, a source told FOX Sports Southwest and DallasBasketball.com on Monday.Ellis, who averaged 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and six assists last season with the Bucks, opted out of the final year of his contract and forfeited a guaranteed 11 million a gamble that seems ill-advised unless one of his main objectives was simply to escape Milwaukee.
Ellis, 27, is hardly the "pure point guard" Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki would love to play with. But Ellis is bigger than he looks at 6-3, and for his reputation as a non-passer and a poor defender, he did rank 11th in the league in scoring and fourth in steals.
At a different time, in a different place, under the terms of a different CBA, Monta Ellis is an 11-million player.
But not with the Dallas Mavericks. Not now.
At 11 million almost certainly the basement of what Ellis is hoping to hear this week he'd be a b...