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Report: Monta Ellis turned down two-year, $24.8 million extension from Bucks

Jun 7, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

Monta Ellis

First of all, a disclaimer about anonymous sources, especially when the source is revealing information that wouldn’t necessarily eventually become public : The source has an agenda, and because we don’t know whom the source is, we can’t evaluate the information in light of that agenda. So, a degree of skepticism is warranted.

With that said, Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel:

As part of the discussions the Bucks offered the 27-year-old guard a two-year extension through the 2015-’16 season, resulting in a total package of nearly $36 million over three years, according to a source. Ellis would have been required to opt in to get the additional two years on the deal.

That includes the opt-in first year at $11 million, with annual raises bringing the total to $11.8 million in the second year of the deal and $13 million in the final year.

Did Ellis leak an exaggerated number in hopes of boosting his stock in free agency? Did someone from the Bucks leak an exaggerated number in hopes of embarrass Ellis for turning down a smaller extension? Or is the report completely accurate?

If the report is true, I don’t know who’s crazier – the Buck for offering so much money or Ellis for turning it down.

  1. sportsnut101 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    They plan on trading him once there aloud under CBa which I think is allstar weekend if he did agree

    He’s not max guy anyway. He had a few good yrs with warriors but he’s a poor man iverson I think. Iverson had heart

  2. asimonetti88 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Why would Ellis turn that down? He has unrealistic expectations if he is looking for more. Solid player but limited. Maybe he’s hoping for a longer contract? I don’t know.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      must be nice to turn down that kind of Ruppies.

    • don444 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Not the world’s biggest fan of Ellis either in terms of basketball or as a human being, but you certainly shouldn’t assume that he won’t ultimately get that or even a good deal more than that in free agency as it only takes one team to see something that perhaps isn’t there in reality and take the plunge.

    • badintent - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Latrell Sprewell can’t Feed his family on that !!

      • pukpokito - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        Had a laugh with that.

      • badintent - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        I ‘m happy. Latrell…. not so much these days.

  3. paleihe - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Way too much money for him. He’d be an awesome off the bench, scoring punch kind of guy.

    But starters minutes? Nah, I’d rather have a better two way player.

    • erckle31 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      I don’t know…I think he’s much too good of a player to be relegated to the bench. To me I think he deserves to be an All-Star based on his scoring ability, his defense leaves a lot to be desired, but (like Curry) this dude is so damn fun to watch.

      • paleihe - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        He’s definitely fun to watch, no doubt about that.

        He’s a volume scorer, and not much else. For that, I think he belongs on the bench. But, I don’t mean put him as your 12th man. Think of him as like a Microwave Johnson, Jamal Crawford, and JR Smith.

        I doubt he’d like that role, since he’s been starting for a long time, but he’d probably flourish.

      • erckle31 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Yeah, I definitely see your point. He’s a volume scorer, although he did shoot pretty well his 2nd and 3rd year, where he shot 53% which is ridiculous for a guard like him (turned out to be a complete anomaly though sadly) Personally, I think he’d be an upgrade over those guys you mentioned because of his ability to be a great 2-way scoring guard. I think the Bucks were right to offer him an extension over Jennings because frankly, I think he’s a better player than BJ right now and more efficient (though neither player is very efficient right now). Honestly, I don’t know what the Bucks were thinking when they traded for Monta. It’s basically the same situation with BJ that he had in Golden State where him and Curry played very similar games. I feel like Monta deserves at least one more year as a starter where he can play his own game and not have to fit in with a guard that plays a similar style. I think he would be noticeably more efficient than the last few years if he gets that chance. Bad news is some team has to take a risk and offer him a great deal of money regardless. this is a pretty difficult situation, but I hope the best for him as he’s one of my favorite players.

  4. senorpapino - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Monta did average 19 points, 6 assists, and 4 boards a game last year. In the NBA, players have been paid a lot more for a lot less. However, I agree that because of how inefficient he has been, he’s best suited for a sixth man role in the future making more like 7-8 million per year.

  5. roanboon - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Volume shooters can sell jerseys and put a few extra fans in the seats.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      But won’t help you win if he’s playing 36 min a night while scoring 18 points on 16 attempts.

    • patfic15 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Yeah. But who buys Bucks Jerseys?

      • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        Bud Selig

  6. aboogy123456 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Maybe the money per year is less important to him and he wants the job security of a long term contract so he doesn’t have to keep moving his family.

  7. thethrill1111 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Wow. He really must not like the Bucks if he turned that much cash down. Also, it’s only two years, so it’s not like he’s staying in Milwaukee for very long.

  8. kavika6 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    He’s not worth half that.

  9. claymatthewsisonsteroids - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    You couldn’t pay me a hundred million dollars to live in Milwaukee.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Pass up $100 mil because you need to live in Milwaukee??

      Uh…..

    • padraighansen - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Just for fun, we’ll get your IP address & a picture of your place, and then see who is more delusional – Monta for turning down that kind of dough, or you, for turning down the dough no one would ever offer you.

  10. thomaskouns - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    As a Bay Area resident and Golden State fan all you need to know is how much better GS’s record, defense and team chemistry was without him.

    The first year Ellis was gone we had a +20 win differential (higher than any team in the league) and the normally player friendly Marc Jackson hinted how much better team chemistry was without him that says a a ton.

    Looking back, I would have given Ellis away for free because that was how detrimental he was to the team.

    • anhdazman - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      From the moment the Warriors drafted Curry, Ellis was against it. He said he couldn’t play with Curry in the same back court prior to even giving it a chance. That’s not the type of player or experienced leader you want on a team. He’s arrogant and deserved to be traded away.
      Lets just say trading away Ellis and getting Jack was part of the key to GSW success.

  11. lakerluver - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I can’t believe he’s 27 already! If a team is willing to give him that much money more power to him. Sort of a poor mans A.I.

  12. jadaruler - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    If this report is accurate, Monta is out of his mind. He will be lucky to get 3/20 on the open market.

    He may want to play for a winner. Can’t knock him for that if that’s the case.

  13. louhudson23 - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    He has an inflated and delusional opinion of himself and his abilities…..which is how he came to make it here in the first place…..he refused to listen to those who said he would never make it and refused to accept the place and life that society had chosen for him. He did not get where he is by worrying about what is good for the team or anyone else. Take care of Monta. Because Monta is all he ever had. In turning down the money,he is probably right. It only takes one team to come up with the cash while everyone else shakes their head. He is overpaid now,will be overpaid then. Selfish attitude,limited game.

    • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      What if Lou Hudson and Ellis had been on the same team back in the day ? hummmmmmmmmm ?

  14. divan22 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    It’s funny how the knock on Monta is that he’s supposedly “selfish” when he routinely is among the NBA leaders in assists by a non-point guard. He’s actually pretty unselfish if you regularly watch him play. Averages twice as many assists as Carmelo, for example.

  15. padraighansen - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    He’s “The Microwave” with tats

  16. cluelessdufus - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Does he just not like the Bucks 2 years 24 million is way too much he is a sparkplug like Nate Robinson with my Bulls, where if he is cold sit him out, if he is hot he can easily put up 30.

  17. starvingardens - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    He can go to NJ and start with Deron for a pretty mean back court.

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