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Report: Monta Ellis no fan of David Lee

Jun 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

There are a few good reasons the Warriors want to move Monta Ellis — the Stephen Curry and Ellis back court has run its course, they need to get bigger and more defensive and Ellis is good trade bait, and…

Maybe Ellis and David Lee do not get along.

Lee is reportedly tight with owner Joe Lacob and then comes this little nugget out of the San Jose Mercury News’ trade rumors breakdown:

Meanwhile, Lee and Ellis are not close pals–one source indicates that Ellis at one point last season informed coach Keith Smart that, if possible, he wanted no part of being around Lee, except on the court.

The Warriors are shopping Ellis around, but with the looming lockout and the unknown of what the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will look like, teams will be more hesitant to pull the trigger on big deals. But it looks more and more like Monta Ellis will wear another uniform next season.

  1. barkley4life - Jun 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    That is why I don’t want any part of this dude as a Sixers fan. He is the new Stephon Marbury.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      How does not liking David Lee make him the new Marbury?

      • ptionvlloi - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Because he said the same thing about Curry. Despite his skills, he is bad for the team. I’m not sure what it is, but even before Curry was part of the team, he lambasted him.

        Fortunately, Curry is not of his league of trash talk, and played it masterfully. Ellis other half was sent to the Bobcats, now he should be sent somewhere else.

  2. sknut - Jun 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    I wonder what Lee did to tick him off? It is a red flag when he starts pointing out who he wants to be around and who he doesn’t.

    • barkley4life - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      How can you not want to be teammates with a guy who plays with a hole literally in his elbow?….again Sixers if you trade Iggy for Monta Ellis and think he’s gonna change under Doug Collins your nuts. The guy is what he is.

      • mytthor - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Maybe the guys just don’t get along. Or maybe he doesn’t think playing with a hole in your elbow outweighs playing AS a hole on defense.

  3. dameeze - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    meh, if tim kawakami is the source i’d be pretty skeptical. the guy is a blowhard and tends to make stuff up when news is slow.

  4. unpossibleproductions - Jun 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    As a Knick fan, it hurt to see David Lee leave New York, both as a player who worked his tail off to improve and his hustle during games as well as being a consumate professional off the court. If Monte Ellis doesn’t like David Lee, I think it probably says a lot more about him than it does about Lee.

  5. ndirishfan1 - Jun 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    The only place Ellis makes sense is Orlando with a legit shot blocker behind him to cover up for his defense and to clean up his errant shooting.

    Plus, Orlando could use an undersized shooting guard that doesn’t play defense now that Gilbert Arenas doesn’t get any playing time.

    • doworks0n - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      ellis might make sense for orlando but orlando has nobody warriors want..magic screwed them selves with arenas..that was just a bad job by otis smith..I hope the ellis/iggy trade dont happen..not a fan of clippers or sixers but i wanna see the kaman/iggy trade..iggy and griffin would be fun n have no pressure on iggy to be the man

  6. edmazeing1 - Jun 11, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    When u avg 20 something points a game u pretty much can say what u want, look at A.I when he was scoreing close to 30 a game he got away with whatever, but when he.drop in points per game ever 1 gave him the finger!!!

  7. billsfanaddict - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    well when ur a lazy egotistical chump i can see how hard working, overachiever allstars could tend to rub ya the wrong way

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