Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 7/12/13
DALLAS -- Termed a 'longshot' to come to Dallas two days ago, Monta Ellis is in the process of agreeing to a three-year Mavs deal, sources tell FOXSportsSouthwest.com. Still being defined is the base salary and also the structure of the acquisition, which we'll told could come in the form of a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee. One report suggests Monta Ellis's total salary could be 30 million. But the Dallas Mavericks presently have closer to 8 million available as his starting salary. More moves can be made to accommodate some more room for Ellis' money -- while hopefully still finding a way to squeeze free-agent center Samuel Dalembert on the roster as well. Among those: A sign-and-trade with the Bucks (possibly involving Ellis-and-Dalembert in exchange for O.J. Mayo and pieces along the lines of Josh Akognon. Dallas entered free agency hoping the market would dry up on a player of Ellis' caliber, allowing the Mavs to get him at a bargain price (compared to the 12-million-a-year deal he turned down to stay with the Bucks). The goal was to acquire Ellis in the same manner with which they acquired Mayo a year ago at half his original asking price. Mavs GM Donnie Nelson earlier this week termed the chances of such a get as a "longshot." Ellis, 27, is considered a "volume shooter" and an offensive weapon who at 6-3, could slide in at 2-guard and become Dallas' No. 2 scorer. He averaged 19.2 points and 6 assists a game last year and while he records steals at a high number, is not considered an above-average defender. Ellis will join a crowded Dallas backcourt featuring veteran newcomers Jose Calderon and Devin Harris.
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