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Monta Ellis did not demand a trade. Yet anyway.

Jun 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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While it appeared Monta Ellis was being shopped around like a ShamWow in recent weeks, that appeared to be more of a gauging of interest move by the Warriors. They were trying to see what they could get if they decide to move him.

But does Ellis want out of Golden State.

Right now he wants to be a Warrior, but he wants more than just words from new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, according to David Aldridge at

During the hour-long (meeting between Ellis and team management last Thursday) he did make it clear that he didn’t want to be around for the meat of his prime if Golden State’s new ownership group was no more committed to making the roster better than the old regime. He did say that if the team wasn’t doing any better by the trade deadline next February, he’d like to be sent somewhere where he’d have a chance to compete. In the meantime, he’s all in with the Warriors and Mark Jackson, who reportedly has called him twice already to insist he’ll be on the roster next season.

Call it a demand with an asterisk. I still think he’s getting moved after the lockout ends, though, and especially after the Warriors took Washington State’s Klay Thompson in the first round last week…

To the new owners credit, they seem far more committed to winning. They have dumped the old regime — including coach Don Nelson — and seem to be trying hard to change the culture of the franchise. You can question the wisdom of hiring the untested Mark Jackson as coach, but that is another sign they are seriously trying to change things.

Part of that is shaking up the roster, too. And Ellis may well be part of that shakeup, no matter what he wants.

  1. ac0117 - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    I think they could be alright with Curry at the 1 Monta at the 2 and Klay at the 3.. that would be one of the highest scoring trios, all 3 of those guys can shoot. They would be undersized and bad defensively but you could have Monta in a slasher/kick-out role with Klay and Curry, two of the best shooters to come out of the last few drafts, getting open looks.

    That said I dont think you can contend with a team like that so if they are to move Monta it is imperative that they get a legit big back. I would never swap Monta for Iggy or someone of that caliber, that’s just a waste.

    • tashkalucy - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      Those 3 guys on he floor at the same time would have the rest of the NB salivating to play them.

  2. readysethike - Jun 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    They had that last year with dorrell wright, he led the league in 3s…it didnt change a thing, they need size, they need to get a true center and a bench. theyve been an undersize team for quite some time

  3. tashkalucy - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    I don’t know how you win with a guy like Ellis, unless he has 4 defenders around him.

    The NBA is all about defense to win.

    All this talk about the new Warriors, and then they go out a draft a shooter that can’t play a lick of D, to go with their 2 undersized guards.

    Ellis may be more than a Vinnie Johnson type, maybe a Jason Terry if he’s willing to come off the bench and at least learn a little defense.

  4. essfjay - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    honestly who cares about monta ellis? he is just a poor mans version of allen iverson.

    • damp1015 - Jun 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      Thats just wrong man.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      I would say he is more of a homeless man’s version of AI. Iverson is a first-ballot lock Hall of Famer man. He took a team of scrubs to the NBA finals and within about 2 minutes of a 2-0 lead coming home. Ellis is a nice player, but please don’t put him in the class of AI.

  5. Colin Zvosec - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Monta Ellis would thrive in a Jason Terry role. The question is, would he accept it?

    I say no, as of right now. As he gets older, and closer to retirement, he may finally see the writing on the wall.

    • ac0117 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:56 PM

      He’s a 26 year old top 10 scorer in the NBA… why the he!! are you pushing him into a Jason Terry 6th man role?

      • Colin Zvosec - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

        Because if all he cares about is winning, that would be the role that suits him and the team best.

        There is more to basketball than just scoring points. He’s not a good enough passer to be a point, but he’s not a good enough defensive player to log major minutes at the two guard. His game is PERFECT for the 6th man role. Its not a knock on Ellis at all. I’m actually a big fan of his.

        Then again, your comment is probably what Monta’s mindset is right now.

  6. icu84bs - Jun 27, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    ‘Monta Ellis hasn’t demanded a trade, but he wants the Warriors to commit to improving the roster.’

    My advice to Monta is to learn to play DEFENSE, that would immediately improve the ‘roster’.

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