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Bucher: Monta Ellis-Rudy Gay trade possible

Nov 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

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From ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher:

Mentioned on SC a Monta Ellis + asset for Rudy Gay deal. Came from GS side. If Mem considered – big if – it would be for financial reasons.

Ellis is owed $11 million a year through the 2013/14 season, while Gay’s contract size will increase until he is owed $19 million in the 2014/15 season. Gay was injured for Memphis’ playoff run, which makes him look a bit less important to the team than he did before he got hurt last season, but this would still be a significant on-court downgrade for the Grizzlies.

Ellis is a volume shooter who can fill it up in the blink of an eye, and the Grizzlies did reportedly offer O.J. Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet for Ellis at the 2009/10 trade deadline, but Gay is a better outside shooter, a more efficient scorer, significantly larger than Ellis, and a much better defender than Monta, who may well be the worst perimeter defender in the NBA. If the “asset” the Warriors are willing to throw in is something like a first-round pick or Memphis truly thinks it is in dire straights financially, this could happen, but from a pure basketball perspective, this would make very little sense for the Grizzlies.

  1. danielwold - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    I live in Oakland and follow the Warriors very closely. Monta is the fastest player in the league. he can blow by guys while they’re still standing still. he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. Derrick Rose and Westbrook come second and third behind him. westbrook is a little over hyped IMO. Ellis has become a real distributor since Curry and Lee have arrived. I don’t want to see him go although Gay is quite the athlete.

    • beagle11 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM

      Rudy Gay is light years ahead of this chump. I wouldn’t even have made the Mayo/Thabeet deal, he’s a terrible fit. Monta Ellis is exactly the kind of player you don’t want on a team like the Grizzlies.. They play ridiculous D and share the ball. This guy can’t stop a nose bleed and never saw a shot he didn’t like.

    • beagle11 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM

      How can you even compare this donut who missed major time for crashing a mini moped to one of the leagues hardest workers and reigning MVP?

  2. niner89 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    if he goes to Golden State, just imagine the jersey sales figures in SF!

    • beagle11 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      Gay is a fit in San Fran

  3. danielwold - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    I’m just talking quickness in the lane. he’s just as fast. I’m also delusional

  4. stayhigh_247 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    i like the bay area, you cats from the town are crazy, reminds me of home. you guys got the good kush too, which you obviously know, because you must be smoked out thinking D Rose comes in 2nd behind Monta! If you switched Monta for Rose last year, theres no way the Bulls would have won 62 games. Monta is that dude but cmon homie, being out west you dont get to watch many Bulls games so you dont know, but let me tell you, as good as ya boy is, he’s not even close to Rose

  5. idonottalk - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    People, danielwold is talking about Monta’s speed compared to Rose’s – not overall skill/affect on the game. I think Bucher is selling Monta a little short though. His mid range game is deadly and he’s one of the better athletes in the league. I don’t know if trading him for Gay would be an upgrade for either team.

  6. max20characters - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    I’ve been living in the Bay Area all my life and have literally cried for some tough Warrior losses in the past. All those seasons watching Monta was an honor but I think its time for that rebuilding stage where we have to let him go. Gay is a perfect fit in GS. It’d be a great start to something special. And no, Monta is not even in the same category as Rose. That coming from a DIE HARD Warrior fan.

  7. 00maltliquor - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Just for financial reasons, huh!? Isn’t that what the revenue sharing is for?? To keep competitive balance for low revenue teams? Look, Monta recieves way too much critazism for his game then what he deserves, the kids a flat out baller, but for Memphis to do this would be franchise suicide.

    And to think Memphis doesn’t need Gay because of how far they went last year in the playoffs is crazy talk! He’s the missing link. If they had him they most likely would’ve went further. No wonder why only what, like 8 teams have won the championship in 20+ years! there are so many incompetant GMs/franchises who don’t comprehend how to build a winner. And to do so you have to spend greenbacks. That’s a fact.

    Monta’s a real nice player, but simply doesn’t fit with what the Grizz are doing or need to do at the cost of Rudy Gay.

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    On the other hand, Rudy Gay going to San Fransico would be epically good for his jersey sales!

    (Awww, c’mon! Don’t get all sensitive! LOL)

  9. esper579 - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Im a big Rudy Gay fan, I think he fits a big role in the type of team that I believe can win championships. However, most of the arguments about Monta Ellis do not make sense. The “high volume shooter”, look at the stats for Rudy Gay/Monta Ellis, their FG% is almost the same, as are their 3pt %. The difference is Monta Scores more and has more Steals. Gay is a much better defender.

    I like Rudy Gay better because he is even more of a team player, a smarter player, and understands what it takes to lead a team and to win. Monta is still an amazing player, and perfect for many teams. He is best when he is not expected to be the leader, when he can focus on steals and points. When he can do this, he is pretty unstoppable, and most importantly for the team he plays for, big revenue.

    If a team who has a leader can land Ellis, then the team will greatly improve, even if they give up the fan favorite. If Warriors can land someone like Gay, to be a leader without losing much offensive, and even improving defense. Then this is a good deal for the Warriors.

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