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Monta Ellis | Guard

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
College: None
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The Knicks have reportedly expressed interest in FA Monta Ellis, who met with the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday.
The Pacers are engaged in serious talks with Ellis and are reportedly ready to offer him a three-year, $32 million deal, but the lack of resolution as of Thursday morning confirms that he's weighing his options. Sacramento also has interest in Ellis and they cleared cap space in a go-for-broke trade with Philly, so the Kings can't be discounted as a potential landing spot. Jul 2 - 1:04 AM

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Monta Ellis is in Indiana to meet with Larry Bird and the Pacers.

The Pacers are reportedly prepared to offer a three-year, $32 million deal, so they might actually get a deal done after this meeting. If it doesn't go down, expect the Kings, Heat and Mavs to get a crack at Monta.
Jul 1 - 4:19 PM

Monta Ellis is engaged in serious talks on a possible three-year, $32 million-plus deal with the Pacers.

The Pacers are already missing a shooting guard to their arsenal. Monta is a far better fit next to Paul George than Lance Stephenson or Rodney Stuckey, so it makes sense for the team to sign him. The Mavs, Heat, Nuggets and Hawks could also get in the mix here. As for Monta's fantasy value, it would do quite well in Indiana.
Jul 1 - 5:02 AM

Free agent Monta Ellis and his family will reportedly travel to Indiana to meet with Pacers officials on Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Pacers president Larry Bird is determined to sign Ellis, and the team is "pushing hard" to finish a deal. The Pacers ranked 19th in pace last season (95.5 possessions per game) and they're intent on playing faster in 2015-16, which helps account for their pursuit of Monta. If he does agree to terms with the Pacers, they may be less inclined to re-sign unrestricted free agents Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan.
Jul 1 - 2:28 AM

Free agent Monta Ellis "is gathering traction" in talks with the Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pacers are dedicated to playing at a faster pace next season and Ellis would be a shot of adrenaline offensively, so this is an interesting match. He reportedly prefers East Coast teams and has been linked to the Hawks and Heat, but the Nuggets and Kings have also expressed interest.
Jul 1 - 1:32 AM

Monta Ellis will reportedly be pursued by the Hawks, Pacers, Kings and Heat as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Ellis is said to be interested in joining an East Coast team, so it seems like the Kings are at a disadvantage from that standpoint. The Heat will only be able to sign Ellis if they are unable to retain Dwyane Wade, but if that's the case, he'd have the most opportunity to produce in Miami. Atlanta seems like a very strange fit for Monta, as their team-first approach focused on ball movement doesn’t really match the way Ellis plays.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 30 - 3:56 PM

The Kings are also interested in unrestricted free agent Monta Ellis.

The Kings are basically interested in everyone these days. Ellis has a ton of suitors, including the Heat, Hawks, Mavs and Pacers. Expect him to be a backup plan to the teams missing out on Dwyane Wade. If Miami can't bring Wade back, they're the favorites to land Monta.
Jun 30 - 1:27 PM

Monta Ellis plans on discussing a long-term contract with the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat in free agency this summer.

Ellis recently opted out his contract with the Mavericks and they don't seem to be too interested in bringing him back. The Hawks could have plenty of cap space if Paul Millsap or DeMarre Carroll leaves in free agency, while Ellis could be a backup plan for the Heat if Dwyane Wade decides to leave. The Pacers are also said to be interested, and Ellis would likely be a great fit alongside George Hill. Free agency is going to be a lot of fun this summer.
Source: Real GM
Jun 28 - 12:31 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said he would welcome back Monta Ellis with the Mavs.

Monta is opting out of his deal, but the Mavs could certainly bring him back on a multiple-year contract. He would have a lot of ball-handling responsibility and chances are Dallas may be the best landing spot for his fantasy value.
Jun 25 - 6:55 PM

The Mavericks aren't planning to re-sign Monta Ellis when he becomes a free agent on July 1.

Ellis will reportedly opt out of the last year of his contract and become a free agent on July 1, but the Mavericks appear ready to move on from the 29-year-old. Ellis averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers during the 2014-15 regular season and will be a solid mid-round fantasy target wherever he ends up.
Source: ABC7
Jun 25 - 10:57 AM

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Monta Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract and will become a free agent this summer.

The Mavericks aren't expected to pursue Ellis, but Broussard notes that the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are interested in acquiring the mercurial guard. Ellis has never been shy on offense, and a move away from Dallas shouldn't impact his fantasy value too much. We will continue to monitor this story closely, but it looks like Ellis could be wearing a different uniform during the 2015-16 season.
Jun 24 - 10:58 AM

Monta Ellis is "likely" to decline his $8.7 million player option in favor of free agency, according to Mavericks beat writer Ed Sefko.

Sefko wrote that Ellis' decision is "not 100 percent, but close." A previous report suggested the Mavs would try to trade Ellis if he opted-in, which may encourage the 29-year-old to take his fate into his own hands as a free agent. Ellis has averaged 19.3 points during his 10-year NBA career, the highest scoring average in NBA history for a player who has never made an All-Star game.
Jun 24 - 12:08 AM

The Mavericks will reportedly try to trade Monta Ellis if he opts in for the final season of his contract.

With an earlier report stating that the Mavs will not make re-signing Ellis a priority if he opts out, it sounds like the club may be done with having him on the roster. Ellis' moodiness and selfishness has reportedly negatively affected the team's chemistry, but that selfishness is also why his fantasy value should be relatively safe regardless of where he lands as he's unlikely to sacrifice his shots. This will be an interesting story to watch develop this offseason.
Jun 23 - 7:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he expects Monta Ellis to opt out of his contract this offseason.

"I haven’t talked to him lately, but I’m guessing he wants to opt-out," said Dirk of Monta. "Why would he not? He had two phenomenal seasons here." Ellis has been the Mavericks' leading scorer for the past two seasons, and he could be primed for a major pay day if he decides to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to become an unrestricted free agent. However, if that's the case, he may be wearing a different jersey next year as there have been reports that Dallas will not make resigning Ellis a priority. Regardless of where Ellis winds up, he's a safe bet to put up solid mid-round value due to his scoring and elite steals numbers.
Jun 16 - 2:58 PM

The Mavericks reportedly will not make re-signing Monta Ellis a priority if he elects to opt out of his contract this offseason in pursuit of a more lucrative deal.

According to sources with knowledge of the Mavericks front offices' thought process, Dallas is not interested in making a long-term investment in a one-dimensional player whose moodiness and selfishness has negatively affected the team's chemistry. This could change, however, if the Mavs miss out on a number of their free agent targets (LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler), but as it stands right now Ellis will not be one of Dallas' offseason priorities. If Ellis leaves Dallas, expect Chandler Parsons to have a lot more opportunities on offense.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 4:25 PM

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PF1Dirk Nowitzki
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3Dwight Powell
C1Bernard James