The pursuit of Monta Ellis is beginning to heat up as teams are looking to fill in with an elite scorer. The offensive-minded shooting guard turned down a reported 3-year, $36 million extension with Milwaukee looking for a better situation. It appears three teams have narrowed in on him as his best options.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports the Hawks continue to be interested in Monta Ellis and are working on signing the free agent guard to complement their summer haul that already includes Paul Millsap. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reports the deal would likely start somewhere around $10 million per year although the length of what he is discussing with the Hawks was not known. Nothing was imminent as of Sunday night.
Ellis had a rough season with the Bucks, despite helping them make the Playoffs for the first time since 2010. He averaged 19.2 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting. In the four-game Playoffs sweep against the Heat, Ellis averaged only 14.3 points per game.