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Report: Monta Ellis expected to turn down $11 million option, become free agent

Feb 18, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

Monta Ellis AP

The Milwaukee Bucks could look like a very different team next season.

We’ve already told you how Brandon Jennings — frustrated he wasn’t picked to be in Houston this weekend for the All-Star Game — is a restricted free agent next summer and has a new agent known for getting his clients to big cities. Jennings denies that’s the plan, of course. The Bucks can match any offer other teams make for Jennings so he doesn’t want to burn that bridge.

Now comes a note from the Boston Globe that Monta Ellis may become a free agent as well, reports the Boston Globe.

Also, guard Monta Ellis has an $11 million player option that he is expected to reject to become a free agent this summer. Ellis, like Josh Smith, has been productive throughout his career but elicits different opinions about whether he can contribute to a championship-caliber team.

Golden State felt it had to choose between Ellis and Stephen Curry, and it went with Curry. Milwaukee may ultimately see it’s backcourt the same way.

Ellis is averaging 18.4 points a game but is shooting just 40.1 percent on the season,

If Ellis opts out — and while he might well make less money next season he could get the security of a multi-year deal worth more in total — it seems it would be more likely the Bucks would match any offer for Jennings. The team has already made it clear they are not moving Jennings before the trade deadline Thursday.

We’ll see how it all shakes out. But with coach Scott Skiles out as coach and likely player shakeups, it’s going to be an interesting time in Milwaukee this summer.

  1. bougin89 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’ve been calling this for months. This is kind of a no-brainer for him. Why not go for more total guaranteed money even if he has to lose a little next year.

  2. halfbaht - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Interesting…. Just so happens that Brooklyn need a decent shooting guard and Ellis is a much better choice than Ben Gordon. That being said, I’ve got a feeling KG will hang up the sneakers at the end of the season and Ellis would look mighty fine in the green

  3. fm31970 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Translation – Bucks should trade him before the deadline so they don’t lose him for nothing in June.

    • bparmalee - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      I hope they trade him but I can’t think of too many trades that makes sense for the Bucks. The problem is that trades that would work for the Bucks…. getting a Millsap… won’t work for the Jazz because he wouldn’t resign there. Maybe Dallas for Mayo and Wright?? After getting only bad offers in the offseason OJ Mayo might be more inclined to sign a long term deal at a value and Monta might take a pay cut to be in Dallas is they hit big with a free agent.

      • biasedhomer - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        No way Dallas trades Mayo for Ellis.

      • bparmalee - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Most likely not but it’s hard to think of a trade where the Bucks can get any sort of value for him.

  4. hojo20 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I love posts about small market teams, like my Bucks.

  5. pistolpete0903 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    A high volume shooter.
    Could find a place on a team which can produce little offense (Hello Charlotte)

    • bparmalee - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Charlotte?? They can trade him there and he will walk in the summer. Free agents don’t usually go to small market teams…. especially scorers. Hopefully teams refusing to go over the luxury tax will change this but it hasn’t so far.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Charlotte would be a bad spot for him. He would want the ball all the time there, due to the lack of stars on that team. He needs to go to a team that already has a go to guy.

  6. nightman13 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    The Bucks will overpay for Jennings and Ellis will walk with no compensation. There is little to no history that suggests that they will come out ahead in either of the 2 situations.

    It sucks being a Bucks fan.

    • fm31970 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      I’m not so sure about that. I like that they are playing chicken with Jennings and seeing what offers he may get this summer. If someone wants to heavily overpay him (Knicks), so be it, but I think most league scouting departments know what Jennings’ is worth.

      • bougin89 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Couldn’t agree more with you on this although the Knicks won’t be able to offer him much at all. Teams like the Mavs, Hawks, etc with cap room will overpay and if/when they do we can let him walk if it doesn’t make sense. If Ellis opts out and wants a long term deal he would be cheaper and could resign. Either way I don’t think we go ahead with both of these guys anymore. I’d actually like to trade Jennings with all the rumors that he basically hates Milwaukee and try to resign Ellis. Sounds like the Bucks are aiming to do exactly opposite of that though.

    • mvp43 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Amen to that!

      The way the NBA is set up is whats killing the game in my opinion. Miami, NY, LA , Boston, Chicago…….those are basically the destination cities for star players. People forget that the Bucks had some damn good teams and owned the Central 6 years in a row in the 80’s. Yes, that was ages ago, but teams were more balanced and quite honestly the game was much more fun to watch.

      Now, you have players dicating where they should play?? that’s BS. We all know that 1 of those teams will will the title……..probably Miami. What fun is that? Every few years you may get a hot new team if they’re lucky enough to draft a star player (OC for instance). The Bucks could slip in at 7 or 8 ………but where are they really going ? nowhere. It sucks as a fan.

      • fanofevilempire - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        yeah, do the players think they are living in America, please let them know this is Cuba.

      • borderline1988 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Well, this is what the new luxury tax system is supposed to help with. A guy like Ellis has to give up a lot of dough to go sign with a contender, b/c none of the contenders can afford him as a FA.

        The big markets will always attract the very biggest stars, b/c those guys are worth the max contracts. But those fringe all-star players, and young superstars looking for payouts will have to start choosing smaller markets in order to get paid.

        That’s exactly why Harden is on the Rockets, Rudy Gay is on the Raptors, Gasol will be on another team next year, etc. And Miami is unlikely to keep all 3 of its stars in 2014.

        I really like the new tax system…we’re already seeing some of its effects; I can’t wait to see how the NBA looks in 5 years.

  7. sportsnut101 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I would trade Ellis if I could he’s a scorer alright about 19 points. Wow big scorer alright like people pls. He is a poor shooting guard. Don’t the bucks have Jennings for a bad shooter.

  8. biasedhomer - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    There are plenty of teams that need a starting SG.

    Sure he is a volume shooter, shooting at an average percentage, but on a team that makes him the #3 go to guy, he might do just fine.
    A good team would limit the amount of FGs he takes (to around fit) and make him realize that he sucks at shooting 3s (so take only about 1 a game).

    Just like centers, todays NBA seems to lack good SGs.
    After Harden, Curry, Mayo, Wade, Bryant, and George, the SG pool is very depressing.

    • pglive21 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Not to mention that Curry has played the majority of his minutes at point guard and Paul George has played most of his minutes at small forward (though that will shift somewhat with Granger coming back).

  9. justwastedyourtime - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Eric gordon? J.r. smith? Jason terry? Jamal Crawford? Klay thompson? I dunno…there are plenty

  10. bigwii - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Sucks for bucks fans maybe they should be a better organization and have more to offer the players word is its pretty boring there in Milwaukee

  11. muskyhunter2542 - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Plenty to do in Milwaukee… Just ask someone who has actually been to Milwaukee

  12. bigwii - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I know a couple people that lived there they both said its really boring. I’m just saying its no big market team Jennings probably wants to play in a big market, and Ellis who knows he’s supposed to be the loyal one.

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