Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 6/17/13
Monta Ellis wants a long term deal and security, so he’ll take the necessary steps to secure such a deal. ESPN.com is reporting that Ellis has informed the Milwaukee Bucks that he’ll opt out of the final year of his deal, and become a free agent. Ellis is due $11 million next season, will now become one of the most coveted players in free agency behind Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. ESPN is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers are three teams that have interest in Ellis, though the Lakers could only get Ellis via a sign-and-trade deal. The Bucks reportedly offered Ellis a three-year, $36 million extension earlier this month,  but the sticking point of that offer was contingent on him not opting out of the final season of his contract. Ellis and Dwight Howard are close friends, and reports suggest that both players would enjoy teaming up to play together.
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