Monta Ellis opts out of contract with Milwaukee Bucks

June 17, 2013 – 3:05 pm by Ryan Phillips

Monta Ellis

The 2013 NBA free agent class just got a little deeper, as guard Monta Ellis announced Monday that he will opt out of the final year of his contact with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks badly wanted Ellis to return, and offered him a three-year, $36 million extension that he declined.

Ellis started all 82 games last season in Milwaukee, and he averaged 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. He also shot 41.6 percent from the field, which was his worst performance since his rookie season. Still, Ellis was Milwaukee’s top scorer and is likely going to draw significant interest on the open market.

The 27-year-old was traded to Milwaukee by the Golden State Warriors on March 12, 2012. Ellis arrived with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

The Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are likely to show interest in Ellis, but a move to the Lakers is unlikely because it would have to come via sign-and-trade. The Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves could also show some interest. The Suns, in particular, have a ton of salary cap room to fit Ellis in.

This is a blow to the Bucks, who really wanted Ellis back with backcourt mate Brandon Jennings, who is a restricted free agent. Jennings is almost certain to return to Milwaukee, and now the Bucks must focus on the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft to find a replacement for Ellis.

In advance of the draft, the Bucks already have worked out point guards Shane Larkin and Dennis Schroeder, and shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr. and Ricky Ledo.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Monta Ellis opts out of contract with Milwaukee Bucks”

  2. People can complain about his accuracy at times but not another part of his game, he played every play as if it was his last – that is the ultimate team leader. The draft & trade decisions by the Buck’s have been abysmal, either the GM is not competent or the owner is calling the shots ala Jerry Jones of the Cowboys. When you pick Joe Alexander who can’t last a year in the NBA with a top lottery pick and receive nothing for Bogut when it is all said and done, someone has to go besides the head coaches.

    By Lou on Jun 17, 2013

  3. Monte Ellis is a stiff. He is a terrible defender and a low % volume shooter. He thinks he is as good as Dwayne Wade. Maybe he should do some stand up comedy.
    That being said the GM is clueless. He trades Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb for nothing. JJ Reddick is a bench stiff and he too is a free agent. Brandon Jennings? (See Ellis)

    I would keep Larry Sanders and trade the rest.

    By Rob on Jun 17, 2013

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