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Warriors GM Riley: Ellis not likely to be traded

Jun 20, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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Monta Ellis‘ name has been in trade rumors for the past several weeks, but according to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said that Warrior fans shouldn’t expect an Ellis deal to happen anytime soon:

Riley reiterated that he’s not shopping Ellis: “It’s very likely that he will not be traded on draft night or even through the summer.”

Riley also said something that may indicate that Ellis will be staying in Golden State because of a lack of demand rather than the Warriors’ lack of desire to move their 25-year old combo guard:

Riley also said the trade calls for Stephen Curry far outweigh those for Ellis: “Nobody is saying,’What will it take to get Monta Ellis?’”

Ellis is an ultra-talented scorer, but he doesn’t have a true position, his defense is suspect at best, he seems to have gotten used to shooting the ball 20 times a night, and he’s owed $11 million a year through the 2013/14 season. Considering that the Warriors have had two consecutive bad seasons with Ellis as their featured scorer, it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that teams aren’t lining up to try and trade for Ellis, despite his ability to put up big scoring numbers.

  1. trbowman - Jun 20, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    He’s putting it out there that the Warriors are in no rush to get rid of him. He’s trying to raise his stock so some team that covets Ellis will offer more for him

  2. readysethike - Jun 20, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Clippers should go after him, trade craig smith, chris kaman mo williams and next years first round draft pick for ellis, ellis is a baller, no denying his skill, the man can score, I think he gets a bad rap because of his tats

    • trbowman - Jun 20, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      Where does he fit, especially with one of the most underrated players in the game in Eric Gordon?

      • barkley4life - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        Eric Gordon is the real deal. Sweet jumper and can get to the basket. Highly underrated.

    • Justin - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:47 AM

      The Clippers owe their first round pick next year to the Celtics. The will receive Minnesota’s first rounder but that has a chance of being pretty high. That makes the move even less smart. Not to mention that they would be giving up way to much.

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