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#1 LALakersFan4Life

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Posted March 12, 2013 - 09:46 PM

Bucks To Discuss Extension With Monta

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The Bucks plan to engage Monta Ellis on extension talks during the offseason.

"We are going to talk to Monta about doing an extension this summer," said John Hammond. "We would love to keep him."

Ellis was acquired by Milwaukee along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown ahead of the trade deadline for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.



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Posted March 12, 2013 - 09:49 PM

Monta Ellis Maintaining Focus On Bucks' Season

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By Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel

St. Francis - Monta Ellis says he's not thinking about his contract or where he will be next season.

And the Milwaukee Bucks clearly hope that's the case.

The Bucks need Ellis playing at a high level if they want to hold their current eighth playoff position or move up a notch or two in the final 33 games of the NBA season.

That's why there was so much talk about Ellis' on-court demeanor Saturday night, when he took nine shots and scored just eight points in the Bucks' 105-100 home loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Ellis' body language seemed to signal a certain unhappiness or discontent.

But the Bucks shooting guard insisted after practice Sunday that he is fully committed to the team's success.

"I go out and play hard every night," Ellis said. "I do whatever it takes to help my team win. I don't know why people are doubting that or whatever.

"I still go out every night and play hard, try to do whatever I can to help my team win, even if it's on the offensive end, distributing the ball or on the defensive end.

"You go through things in the NBA. You go through a stretch where you're shooting bad. You go through a stretch where you're losing. You go through a stretch where you're winning.

"You take the bad with the bad, the good with the good and move on to the next one."

Ellis has struggled with his shooting touch. In the last six games he has converted only 36.8% of his attempts, making 32 of 87 field goals. In that same stretch he has hit 20% from beyond the three-point arc (4 of 20).

He shot 6 of 21 in Denver on Tuesday and was 7 of 20 against the New York Knicks on Feb. 1. His best game recently came when he hit 7 of 16 shots and contributed 21 points and 11 assists in a victory over Orlando on Feb. 2.

The Bucks have lost five of their last six and three in a row.

"He's just got to stay aggressive," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "There have been discussions. He's not being singled out or anything like that.

"But he's a vital piece of what we do. We need him to play his game. If he does that, we'll live with it, whatever the results are. I believe if he plays his game then he will be effective."

Ellis is averaging 5.4 assists and 1.8 steals, both above his career numbers. He is averaging 18.1 points but is shooting 39.8%, nearly six points below his career mark of 45.7%.

This time of the season can be distracting for players, with the NBA all-star break approaching and the trade deadline coming up Feb. 21. The Bucks acquired Ellis at the deadline last season in the deal that sent center Andrew Bogut to Golden State.

Ellis, 27, has an interesting contract situation with an $11 million player option for the 2013-'14 season. That means he could decline the option this summer and become an unrestricted free agent.

"I'm not thinking about that," Ellis said. "Right now I'm under contract with the Milwaukee Bucks until otherwise. I'm just trying to play basketball, that's it."

Following practice, Ellis spoke briefly on the court with Bucks owner Herb Kohl.

Ellis said he knows how much Kohl wants to see the Bucks return to the playoffs.

"That's always been his mentality, to win," Ellis said. "We're going to try to find a way to do that before it's too late."

The Bucks have two home games remaining before the break as they face Washington on Monday night and Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

"From here on out until the end of the season, all the games are critical," Ellis said. "It's not just these two.

"It's always important when any team is trying to get to the playoffs. I know the fans are waiting on it, us as players and the organization are waiting on it. There's bumps in the road that come with it.

"We just have to find our way to overcome those bumps in the road and do whatever it takes to win."

Boylan said he hopes the trade deadline will not affect his team's psyche or preparedness in the next few games.

"I think it's also an excuse," Boylan said of the deadline. "It's an easy thing to hide behind. I understand. These guys are human beings and when they see something may be going on with them in their life, a big change, it can be unsettling.

"But with that said, this is pro sports and we have guys who have been around for a few years. They've been around long enough to know you're always going to be mentioned in a trade. Everybody gets traded.

"Just look at the guys who have been traded from this franchise alone. We traded Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar). We traded Bogut.

"Kevin Garnett got traded (from Minnesota to Boston). Dwight Howard (by Orlando to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team deal).

"You're paid to perform. Ninety-five percent of the time, nothing happens. Stay focused and do what you're supposed to do."



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Posted March 12, 2013 - 09:50 PM

Monta Expected To Decline $11M Player Option

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Monta Ellis has an $11 million player option for the 13-14 NBA season that he is expected to decline.

Ellis was traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Milwaukee Bucks last March.

Ellis would become an unrestricted free agent.



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Posted March 12, 2013 - 09:52 PM

Monta Ellis May Consider Opting Into $11M Deal

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Monta Ellis has long been expected to opt out this offseason, but many teams are now expecting him to give serious consideration to opting into his $11 million deal for the 13-14 NBA season.

Ellis was acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks before last season's trade deadline in a deal for Andrew Bogut.

The Bucks also are preparing for the restricted free agency of Brandon Jennings, along with the unrestricted free agency of J.J. Redick.



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Posted April 18, 2013 - 10:30 PM

Monta Ellis Likely To Opt Out Of Final Year With Bucks

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April 13, 2013 12:22 am  •  GERY WOELFEL gwoelfel@journaltimes.com

MILWAUKEE — As the Milwaukee Bucks season winds down, it appears Monta Ellis’ days in a Bucks uniform are numbered as well.

At least, that’s the prevailing sentiment of some Ellis acquaintances. They claim Ellis, the Bucks’ potent-scoring guard, has indicated to them that he intends on opting out of his contract after the season and becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Ellis, who has adamantly refused to discuss his future plans, came to the Bucks last March in a major deal with Golden State. In that transaction, the Bucks acquired Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

In his short tenure with the Bucks, Ellis’ play has wildly fluctuated. He has exhibited brilliance like in a 10-day stretch from Feb. 27 until March 17 when he scored 26 or more points on seven occasions.

He is also averaging 19.3 points a game. That’s the 11th-highest average in the league. The only shooting guards with higher scoring averages are Kobe Bryant (24.6), James Harden (24.3) and Dwyane Wade (21.2).

But Ellis has also had performances where’s he been awful. In a game against Oklahoma City, he went 3 for 17 from the field. In games against Atlanta and Memphis, he went 2 for 14 and 1 for 14, respectively.

Ellis has shot the ball poorly for most of the season. He’s made 41 percent of his field-goal attempts and is a measly 27 percent from 3-point range. Furthermore, the 27-year-old Ellis has been a turnover machine, committing 3.1 a game. He’s had 17 games where he’s had five turnovers or more.

Yet, Ellis contends he’s among the best at his position in the league. Earlier this season, he favorably compared himself to Wade. But if Ellis expects to command Wade-like money ($18.5 million next season), he’s in for a rude awakening this summer.

In conversations with several general managers, not one said they would pay Ellis more than he’s already receiving. That’s $11 million, which is the same amount he would be paid next season if he opted to remain with the Bucks.

But as one general manager noted, it only takes one team to be enamored with Ellis’ explosive scoring abilities and give him a long-term deal in excess of $11 million per season.

Working in Ellis’ favor is that there are nearly a dozen teams that will have ample salary-cap flexibility this season. At least four of them will be in the market for a shooting guard. Those teams are Atlanta (Ellis’ name was prominently mentioned with the Hawks at the trading deadline), Phoenix, Dallas and Minnesota.

There has also been scuttlebutt Ellis would be quite receptive to signing with the Memphis Grizzlies. Ellis has a home outside of Memphis and spends a considerable amount of time there during the offseason.

But the Grizzlies have one of the NBA’s premier defensive shooting guards in Tony Allen who, while being an UFA this summer, is expected to return to the team. More importantly, the Grizzlies have little wiggle room on the cap as they already have guaranteed contracts totaling $60.5 million for next season.

Suffice to say, how Ellis performs in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs against Wade and the Miami Heat could go a long way in determining how much money he’ll earn in the years to come ... likely with a team not called the Bucks.



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Prospective Kings' Owner Interested In Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis has yet to decide if he will opt out of his $11 million deal for the 13-14 NBA season, but he could have one potential suitor in the Sacramento Kings.

A member of the Kings' prospective ownership group has worked on a background check on Ellis as a potential player to sign if Tyreke Evans departs in the offseason.

Evans will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:38 PM

Execs: Bucks Prefer To Re-Sign Monta Over Brandon Jennings

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And a free-agent rumble: There's a rising belief in exec circles that Bucks prefer to re-sign Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings this summer



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Monta will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if he opts out of his current deal by June 20. Jennings will be a restricted free agent



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Bucks still have coaching choice to make: Larry Drew or Kelvin Sampson. But in backcourt there is sense they prefer Monta/Redick next season



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Monta Increases Interest In Kings With Mike Malone Hire

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By Marc J. Spears

The Sacramento Kings' decision to hire Michael Malone as their next head coach should improve their chances of signing guard Monta Ellis in free agency, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

Ellis plans to opt out of the $11 million final year of his contract with the Bucks to become a free agent this summer, the source said. Ellis became acquainted with Malone, an assistant on Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors' staff, during his last season in Golden State before he was traded to Milwaukee. During that brief time, Ellis quickly gained a great deal of respect for Malone's basketball IQ and his ability to teach and relate to players.

The Kings were recently purchased by an ownership group led by former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive. Ellis averaged 19.2 points and six assists last season for the Bucks and averaged more than 20 points in each of his last three seasons with the Warriors.



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Posted June 08, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Bucks Offered Two-Year Extension To Monta

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By Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel

Monta Ellis will take the first step in the Milwaukee Bucks’ free agent dance when he decides whether to opt in for the final year of his contract or become an unrestricted free agent.

Ellis and his agent Jeffrey Fried face a June 20 deadline to make their decision.

Ellis is owed $11 million in the final year of a six-year, $66 million deal he signed while a member of the Golden State Warriors.

But the contract has a player option for the 2013-’14 season and he can choose to end the deal. If he does, Ellis will be a free agent on July 1.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has learned that discussions were held to extend Ellis’ deal with the Bucks but no agreement was reached.

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.

The average salary in the deal would have been about $12 million.

Ellis would have received some protection against injury with a three-year deal while also having the chance to be a free agent at the age of 30. But he may be interested in testing the market now.

Yahoo Sports recently reported that Ellis plans to opt out of his contract and could be interested in the Sacramento Kings, who hired former Golden State assistant Mike Malone as their new coach after undergoing an ownership change.

Ellis worked under Malone’s tutelage in Oakland while playing for the Warriors.

Ellis finished as the Bucks’ leading scorer last season, averaging 19.2 points to go along with 6.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals. Ellis played in all 82 games for the first time in his pro career and was the only Bucks player to accomplish the feat last season.

 

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