NBA Rumor: The Kings Could Look To Acquire Monta Ellis

05.09.13 4 years ago
Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis (photo. Bethany Gilbert)

In one of those NBA rumors that just makes no sense whatsoever, the Sacramento Kings, a team in disarray with too many one-dimensional and ball-happy players, could reportedly target Monta Ellis this summer. Ellis has an $11 million early termination option on his current contract in Milwaukee, and is contemplating testing his value on the open market. While it’s doubtful he earns that on a new deal, there’s a chance the high-volume scorer simply wants to move on from the Bucks.’s Ken Berger reported today that Ellis and Larry Sanders nearly came to blows in the locker room after their Game 3 loss in the first round against Miami.

In the same piece, Berger noted:

The Bucks acquired Ellis from Golden State in March 2012 in a deal that sent Andrew Bogut to the Warriors. Oddly, a member of the proposed ownership group trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento has done some background checking on Ellis as a possibility for the Kings if the team decides to part ways with restricted free agent Tyreke Evans this summer, a league source involved in the discussions said. Ellis is weighing his options and hasn’t decided yet whether he will opt out of his $11 million deal.

This is one of those instances where you want to pound your fist against the table and ask how you can become a NBA GM and where do you sign up… because this makes absolutely no sense. Ellis is exactly the type of player Sacramento doesn’t need: a small two guard who takes a ton of low percentage shots. Plus, if you go after him in free agency, you’re probably going to lose Tyreke Evans, just when the 6-6 wing is starting to learn to play without the ball. It’s a step backwards for them, AND for Ellis. If he’s ever going to realize his potential — Ellis could be incredible as a sixth man on a good playoff team — he needs to hook on with the right squad with the right coach. That definitely wouldn’t await him in Sacramento.

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