As expected, The Mississippi Missile aka Monta Ellis has finally opted out of the final year of his player option contract which would of paid him 11million next year. The Bucks reportedly offered Monta a 2year extension worth 24million but Monta had to opt into the 11million option year which would of put the extension total to 36million.
Monta had adjust his game playing alongside Brandon Jennings the last two years but still managed to avg 19.2 ppg, 3.9rebs, 6.0 apg, and had a 41% field goal percentage. The 19.2ppg lead the Bucks in scoring. Now the 27yr old is a free agent, and is available to choose where he wants to go for the first time in his career. He gets a chance to secure a long term deal with a team that has a better chance of competing to win games, and reach the playoffs to compete for a ring (something that he wants to do) instead of being in Milwaukee where winning doesn’t really matter. He’s a very undervalued scorer in the NBA, and is very underrated.
During his time with the Warriors he averaged 25.5ppg in 09-10, 24.1ppg ’10-11′, and 21.1ppg in ’11-12′ before being traded to the Bucks that year. Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, and surprisingly the Los Angeles Lakers have all shown interest. In terms of fit I think Monta Ellis would be good on the Mavericks, Pacers, Hawks, Twolves, Bulls, and Grizzlies. Now some of the teams I’ve mentioned have cap room, and some don’t.
If you sign Monta Ellis you know exactly what kind of player you’re getting he can get his own shot, scoring machine, and he isn’t afraid of the moment especially when it comes to the 4th quarter. Dallas maybe the place he ends up at though. They need scoring help, and Monta can help out when it comes to running the team at the point guard position as well. Wherever he ends up I hope it’s with a franchise that’s trying to win, somewhere he can go so his game will be appreciated, compete for a ring, and that he can be on a platform so NBA fans can see how good this guy is.