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Report: Mavericks, Hawks, Lakers interested in Monta Ellis

Jun 18, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

Monta Ellis AP

Monta Ellis has told the Milwaukee Bucks he is opting out of the $11 million he is owed next season become a free agent this summer.

As noted at the time, it would be interesting to see what teams would go after a volume shooter — he scored 19.2 points a game but shot just 41.6 percent — but one entering what should be the prime of his career.

How about Dallas and Atlanta? And somehow the Lakers, according to Chris Broussard of

Sources say the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers have interest in Ellis, although the Lakers could get Ellis only via an unlikely sign-and-trade deal.

Ellis, who originally signed a six-year, $66 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, is close with Lakers free agent Dwight Howard. The two have long desired to play together.

Atlanta is looking to build a Spurs-style organization (GM Danny Ferry and coach Mike Budenholzer are Spurs alums) with Al Horford in the middle of it. Does that strike you as a fit with Ellis?

Dallas is looking for a superstar to build around and until they get that are offering only short-term deals until they find that guy. I could see them making a one or two-year offer to Ellis, but likely not the kind of deal he is looking for.

The Lakers? Not bloody likely. Even if Howard re-signs with the Lakers the L.A. pitch is that in 2014 they will have only him and Steve Nash on the payroll. Plus, Ellis could only come to the Lakers on the taxpayers midlevel exception of $3 million a year — the Lakers cannot take a free agent in a sign and trade deal (unless it brings their team salary under $76 million, which this would not). The new CBA says the Lakers or any team over the tax apron ($4 million above the tax line) can send a player out in a sign-and-trade (Howard, hypothetically) but cannot take a free agent in that way. No way that happens.

It’s interesting to hear the teams thrown out early on, it will be more interesting to see which ones actually offer a contract. One of those teams might be the Bucks.

  1. paulhargis53 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Wow Kurt, that explains why my post from the other night never made it through.

    All that stuff about the tax apron was in it.
    Nice of you to censor, so you could use it later- …..

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      You vastly overestimate how much I pay attention to comments or who writes them. I have to approve more than 100 a day that get held for moderation, I don’ really read who wrote what.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      please…I remember you saying the Lakers would not get Howard and Nash. please stop with your interpretation of the cap. you are NOT an expert.

      as I said…execs wouldn’t be discussing deal that are impossible.

      how about you stick to that sinking boat called the Celtics. all that trade talk has killed the team. how so? oh…you think if Doc stays they will play hard? not likely.

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I was going to say Dallas but what about Mayo…

    • unxpexted1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      I think Mayo is going to be a free agent and doesn’t want to resign.

      I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the Lakers. Add’s a good scoring punch and i think would excel in D’antoni’s offense. But don’t think he’s worth the price tag.

      • anhdazman - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        So where you going to get the money to sign Ellis, Laker fans?

    • louderthanwords1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      I can’t believe Dallas would be interested. Ellis won’t accept a 1 or 2 year deal. Why would he when he’s opting out of 11 million next year? Dallas if they can’t get a superstar will probably reload on 1 yr deals and try free agency again next year

      • spursareold - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        That wouold be the third year in a row Dallas would do that. How long do you see the fans standing for it?

      • louderthanwords1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        The fans don’t sign the contracts Mark Cuban does and he’s already said he knows a team of marion, carter, dirk etc even with a superstar player isn’t a title contender and will pitch to free agents about having roster input the following season when the Mavs will have more room under the cap to sign another superstar. Since he already knows and admits they won’t be title conteders why would he hurt his chances to land 2 superstars next offseason by bringing in Ellis?

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      is he looking for 100 mil ?

  3. truninerfan49 - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    How can the Lakers afford him? They don’t have many assets to trade, so how would they get this done?

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      The Lakers can’t do a sign-and-trade anyway.

  4. steelerdynasty2010 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    PLEASE go to the Lakers! I’d pay double to watch him and Kobe argue over shots

  5. azarkhan - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    So Ellis scores 19 PPG on a lousy team that went 38-44, and he thinks he’s worth more than $11,000,000 dollars per year? That’s…absurd.

    • mdub11 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      I think the point in opting out of 11 mil this year is to get a lesser annual salary for more than 1 year. Say 3 year, 18-20 mil? That makes sense, no?

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    I hope that Milwaukee has no interest in him.

    • fm31970 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

      Please John Hammond, let him go. PLEASE.

      • muskyhunter2542 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        I do not want this guy in Milwaukee anymore. Guy is just a bad egg for any team he has been on.

  7. jamieaadams - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Howard and Ellis want to play together, huh? Howard must not like playing in June.

  8. sportsnut101 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Howard wants to relax not play to much he likes first rounds better

    But d12 Ellis n horford n Teague make a nice team get iggy to while ur at it

  9. biggestredmiami - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Seems like Dwight wants to play with everyone who isn’t on his team. Pretty soon he’ll be talking about how he wants to play with Corey Maggette in Detroit.

  10. money2long - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    this is random, but yall ever hear monta speak ? for some reason, i think his voice is cool. lol

  11. wowwowbad - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    This guy is just a loser. Golden States became a better team after he left, the Bucks will be better without him as well. This is a player so self-centered, plays without teammates in his eyes. He will continue scoring, but he will never be a factor on a winning team.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Loungeidiot: You go ahead and keep your head in the sand, or is it where you sit?

    All you have to do is Google search nba cba to find out how very limited the lakers moves are.

    Times have changed, the lakers can’t just overspend without rules now.

    BTW, wherever Garnett goes, that’s who I’m a fan of. I’m not beholden to the Celts.

  13. luv2watchbball - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    So tired of the haters talking about Monta, he gave the Dubs everything he had when they had NOTHING! Yes I am sure if he had the supporting cast that they have NOW there he would have done a lot better! Then he gets to go to Bucs, same scenario. I hope he gets a great deal somewhere with a complete team.

    Good luck Monta get it!

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