Monta Ellis is on the move, again.
The 27-year-old point guard has informed the Milwaukee Bucks that he will be opting out of the final year of his contract to test the free-agent market, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
Ellis, who averaged a team-high 19.2 points per game, reportedly turned down a two-year contract extension worth $24 million that would require him to not opt out of the last year of his current contract.
Ellis instantly becomes one of the most sought-after free agents this summer and is already drawing the interest of the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. The former Golden State Warrior shot only 41.6% from the field this season, his lowest since his rookie campaign, but has proven to be a lethal offensive weapon throughout his career on any given night.
Ellis is very good friends with Lakers center Dwight Howard, who is also a free agent, but the move to L.A. for Ellis is unlikely because it would have to come via sign-and-trade. Phoenix could also potentially serve as Ellis’ new home, as the Suns have tons of cap room to dish out a hefty contract to the star point guard. However, Ellis will be entering his ninth year in the league and will most likely want to go to a team that can contend for a championship.
With Ellis as the latest addition to an already star-studded free-agent pool, look for some teams to try and create their own rendition of Miami’s Big Three.