Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 6/17/13
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis has informed the team he is opting out of the final year of his contract, according to multiple reports. Ellis, 27, had until Thursday to decide on a player option for 11 million next season and informed the Bucks on Monday morning he has decided to test the free-agent market. Acquired from Golden State in the Andrew Bogut trade on March 13, 2012, Ellis averaged 18.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in 103 games with the Bucks. Ellis started all 82 games last season for Milwaukee, averaging 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the field, his lowest shooting percentage since his rookie year. The Bucks reportedly offered Ellis a three-year, 36 million extension recently, with the extension requiring Ellis to not opt out of the final year of his current contract. Ellis reportedly declined the extension. Milwaukee's leading scorer from a year ago, Ellis is expected to draw ...
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