DALLAS -- Monta Ellis's camp tells FOX Sports Southwest and DallasBasketball.com that the electric guard has been contacted by the Dallas Mavericks as part of Monday's opening of NBA free-agent shopping. Where does Dallas rank him? That's an empty exercise without proper context.
"Do The Mavs Like Monta Ellis?" The answer is 'yes,' depending on bridging of the gap between what Monta thinks he's worth vs. what Dallas thinks he's worth.
Monta Ellis has opted out of the final year of his contract and on July 1 will become a free agent next month. In doing so, he's forfeited a guaranteed 11 million a gamble on himself that seems ill-advised unless one of his main objectives was simply to escape Milwaukee.
Ellis, 27, is an explosive scoring point guard who averaged 19 points, four rebounds, and six assists last season with Milwaukee. He's hardly the "pure point guard" Dirk 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 ...