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Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:15 pm
DALLAS – The Warriors and representatives for Monta Ellis are working cooperatively to see if a trade to a contending team can be arranged, a deal that would likely happen around the NBA draft later this month, a person with knowledge of the discussions told

“It’s pretty hot,” the person familiar with the talks said.

UPDATE: The Trail Blazers, Lakers, and Hawks, are among the teams that made exploratory calls after word leaked that the Warriors and 76ers were discussing an Ellis-for-Andre Iguodala swap, league sources said Thursday. Ellis-for-Iguodala is a “50-50” proposition at the moment, a person with knowledge of those talks said. A third person with knowledge of the Warriors' strategy described trading Ellis as a secondary priority to the draft.

Ellis would be interested in a trade to the Bulls, who have previously expressed interest in him. But a person with direct knowledge of Chicago's offseason discussions refuted the notion that the Bulls have had recent contact with Golden State about the electrifying guard.

The Sixers have fielded several calls about Iguodala, but executives who’ve spoken with them detect reluctance in the Philadelphia front office to trade Iguodala in a salary dump. The Sixers want a player of value in return, sources said.

Ellis, a prolific scorer who may not fit long term in an undersized backcourt with Stephen Curry under defensive-minded coach Mark Jackson, would be a good fit for a playoff-contending team seeking an additional perimeter scorer and penetrator to take some of the load off its primary scorer.

Ellis, 25, has two more years at $11 million each with an early-termination option for 2013-14, also at $11 million. In 80 games for Golden State last season, he averaged 24.1 points and a career-high 5.6 assists.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:43 am

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

I would like to see the Warriors deal Ellis to the Cavs for the fourth overall pick in the draft.  This would provide salary relief to the Warriors and snag them a much needed big man like Kanter, in addition to their own draft pick.  The Cavs could use their salary exception to pay off Ellis' 11 million dollars for the first year of his two remaining seasons under contract.  Cleveland lacks firepower that Ellis could provide.  Just ask yourself, would you rather have two years of Monta Ellis' lack of defense for the price of $22 million, or would you rather have five seasons of Kanter for significantly less? 

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:38 am

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'


Very well put!  Trading Ellis, if it is going to happen, should happen now.  Clearly the Warriors are already better than they were last year at this time.  Their personnel, FOR ONCE, is not really the reason for my anticipation this season.  The Warriors have hired a new coach, have new, active ownership, and have brought in a legend in Jerry West.  Many questions to answer and a big draft in their future.  But things are looking up!
Can the Warriors make (another) bad draft pick...yes.  Can the Warriors make a deal before/during/after the draft... yes.  Can Mark Jackson be "a bust" as I read one poster's comments... sure.  Is Jerry West out of touch with the game... could be.  The cool part about all of these questions is, for once, maybe they will go THE OTHER way and work out for the Warriors.  I like their chances more than I have in many recant years.  The Run TMC years were great.  Upsetting the #1 Mavs was pretty great.  I have enjoyed many players and many seasons but never really been excited coming into a season like I am this one. 
Maybe I can finally stop rooting for ping pong balls and high draft choices and start enjoying Warriors success on the court.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:34 am

Breaking News on Monta Ellis......This just in...

A person with knowledge of the day to day front office dealings of the Miami Heat stated today that it is a distinct possibilty that Monta Ellis may or may not tentatively be dealt for both LeBron James and Chris Bosh.  When asked about this possibility, Miami Heat President Pat Riley said that he can definitely confirm without a doubt that Monta Ellis enjoys a good bowl of Cheerios for breakfast, but could not speak further on the situation due to the Heat's current participation in the NBA Finals.  Riley further stated that once the finals have been resolved, a statement would be forthcoming addressing the question of whether Ellis preferred strawberries or blueberries in his cereal.  Stay tuned for further up to the minute details, to be fabricated by sportswriters on slow sports days.  Remember, you heard it here first!

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:28 am

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Hes overated anyways.... I'm sure the warriors would love to get rid of another ball hog and replace him with a new one.

No big deal. He'll go to a contender and be a solid role player but thats it. His days as a "star" are over.

But this IS good for the warriors, especially if somebody buys all the way into the hype and pays big for this guy.

The Mark Jackson hire was a bust though.... thats gunna set them back regardless.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:14 am

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

how about to the Knicks for Chauncey Billups expiring Contract and their first round pick in exchange for Ellis and their 2nd round pick?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:37 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

A third person with knowledge of the Warriors' strategy described trading Ellis as a secondary priority to the draft.

Actually, the first priority is trading Ellis and then figuring what "pieces" are needed in the draft. Having drafted a player and then trading Ellis makes no sense at all because it really limits your trading options. Let me explain. If you draft a center or a small forward and the best trade you can get results in trading Ellis for a center or small forward then the team will have redundancy at one position. So in order to avoid redundancy the team makes a trade for some other player which might not help the team that much...if at all. However, if you made the trade of Ellis and then know what "player" (I'm talking about position) you got in return then you can make a trade that will complement the team. Having said that...if the Warriors could get Kobe, Tim Duncan and Yao Ming...I would not object.

After reading about Jerry West it seems that the trades that have the biggest impact are the ones that people don't place too much importance of at the time of the trade. Trading Eliis for someone else might make the headlines, but I am guessing that the draft pick the Warriors pick up and use on a player will have a more dramatic impact.

The Warriors are being talked about alot in the Bay Area. The A's recently fired Bob I guess the Oakland Raiders will be in the news soon...for good or bad. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:28 pm

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God, this sucks. Every  time the Warriors get a player who is half descent, they end up trading him or losing him and getting nothing in return. Chris Webber, Gilbert Arenas, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison. The Warriors are great at giving up quality talent and getting nothing in return.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:16 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Who ever called him "Rose Jr" That sounds like a good thing, lol. And he WOULD be a good fit for Chicago because Chicago has something that GS doesnt, defenders, GS doesnt have a Deng or Asik or Gibson, plus Ellis can stay on the court to be the scorer when Rose sits at the end of the 1st qtr. The bulls need someone who can score WITHOUT Rose having to create for him, Ellis can do that

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:04 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

I'd like to see the 76ers trade Iggy and Thaddeus Young to the Magic for Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson. This would make sense for both teams. Then the magic would have to hope Arenas comes back healthy and focused, ready to run the point for them.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:13 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

You know it...Once a Laker always a Laker (Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol) - lol.  Let's go Jerry, let's make that magic happen again.

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