On a busy day for the Golden State Warriors, the team has re-signed restricted free-agent Monta Ellis to a six-year, $66-million deal.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Monta under contract for the next several years," Warriors' VP of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin said. "He has been one of the top young players in the NBA for the last two years and enjoyed a tremendous season last year."
At only 22-years old, the Warriors hope to see continued growth for the 2006-07 Most Improved Player. Last season, he put together a career-high campaign, averaging 20.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.53 steals per game. He's come a long way since being drafted 40th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft, thriving under Don Nelson's uptempo system for the past two seasons.
"The growth that he has demonstrated at such a young age is incredible," Mullin added. "We look forward to him playing a big part in our future success."
Monta is a sure All-Star in my opinion. Good move by the Warriors! Watch this kid blow up next season with Baron gone.