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Maybe trading Monta Ellis is not going to be that easy

Jun 17, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

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We’ve discussed before that with deal-making Jerry West in the house and a push for some changes in Golden State, Monta Ellis was being made available.

Fourth leading scorer in the NBA, can create his own shot, bring some swagger to the offense, up your team’s tattoo quotient… not a lot of interest around the league. Not as much as you’d think anyway.

That’s what Joe Kotoch — an agent and blogger at ProBasketballDraft (sites not related) — tweeted Friday.

Golden State really working the phone lines to move Monta Ellis. Having a hard time drumming up interest. Might get 70 cents on the dollar…. Sounds like the Ellis camp is working the phones also tryin to land in Chicago or Orlando. So far Philly is lukewarm & Clippers not inclined…. A lot of teams feel that Monta is not a winner & have concerns about locker room effect. Teams most likely to fit ORL, NJ, IND, PHO.

Ellis brings some real skills to the table, but it only works in a place that is the right fit. Next Derrick Rose in Chicago, to create a small backcourt of ball-dominating guards, is not a good one. The Clippers need a three not a two. Philly makes a little more sense but the price of Andre Iguodala is a very steep one and would radically alter the team. Orlando needs to do something to shake up the roster and keep Dwight Howard, that at least makes some sense.

Point is, not everyone wants what you are offering which makes doing these kinds of deals are hard — and may be a lot harder after we see the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  1. kendba - Jun 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Being a Warrior fan I was disappointed when they drafted Stephan Curry. I felt this situation would arise. I don’t remember who was available at the time, and Stephen Curry is a very good talent, but he is too similar to Monta Ellis. The Warriors needed size then and need size now. I hope they can work out an equitable trade for Monta Ellis. I also don’t believe Stephan Curry is untouchable. If there is a scenario where they can trade him instead and still be competent at point guard, they should consider it.

    • zackd2 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM

      Drafted after Curry: Hill, DeRozan, Jennings, Williams, Henderson, Hansbrough, Clark, Daye, Johnson, Holiday, Lawson, Teague, Maynor, Collison, Claver, Casspi, Mullens, Beaubois, Gibson, Carrol, Ellington, Douglas, Eyenga.

      That’s 12 PG/SG, 4 SF, 5 PF/C. What “size” did you want to take instead of Curry? You wanted Taj Gibson at 7th overall? Mullens?

  2. kingjaffejoffer - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Don Nelson tried to stick it to the Knicks who had the next pick and coveted Curry. Nelson set the Franchise back 5 years, but in his defense, he may have drafted best player available.

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