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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 19, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:10 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

The Bulls trading for Ellis would give the team the same exact problem the Warriors have.  Ellis' stock will also be inflated because of how high-octane the offensive system was in Golden State.  Just look how difficult it was for CJ Watson to transition to a real NBA offense from a Harlem Globetrotters style offense.  Monta has a nice shot and is quick, but is essentially D Rose, Jr, without the ball handling skills to play playoff point guard.  

And to the poster that said Noah must be involved:  The Bulls were the frontrunners for Carmelo Anthony before the season began, but they refused to deal Noah in said deal.  Why would they trade him for Ellis then?  Gibson or Asik are realistic options to trade for though, but I don't think Monta is a good fit for the Bulls. 

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:04 pm

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Chris Gatling, Antwan Jamison, Latrell Sprewell, and left and became All-stars after they left the Warriors.  Oh and don't forget Vince Carter.  Heck Jamal Crawford won 6th man of the year right after leaving us.    Other notables...Baron Davis, Jason Richardson.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:59 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

This is a very different scenario for the Warriors than in the past. The Warriors are not looking to dump a disgruntled player, they simply realize that winning a championship is impossible with 2 micro-guards. How would they defend in a playoff series against players like Kobe and LeBron? I think the new ownership isn't looking at making the team fun to watch, they are looking to move the Warriors in the direction of contention.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:58 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Come on Jerry West, dont let us down! Monta for Steve Blake straight up.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:58 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Andrea Bargnani and other pieces to send Ellis to Toronto.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:50 pm

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have you ever noticed how many of the all-pro players over the past two decades were ex-Warriors?  

It's not as many as you make it sound.  Since 1992, it's a total of four different players (Tim Hardaway, Webber, Richmond and Arenas); five if you count Penny Hardway, who they drafted for Orlando as part of the origianl C-Webb trade.  I als don't think Arenas really counts.  The Ws got screwed by a weird rule about contracts for second round picks that was fixed because of what happend with Arenas. Both the Ws and Gilbert wanted him to stay in Oakland.

My guess is other teams have more former players on all-NBA teams over the past 2 decades.

First team: Two (Tim Hardaway and Webber); Three, if you count Penny Haraway (twice).

Second team: Four (Arenas, Webber (twice), Tim Hardaway (twice) Richmond (3xs))

Third team: (Webber, Richmond (twice), Hardaway) and one more if you count Penny.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:40 pm

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As a Ws fan, i also think the Bulls are a good option, but the trade has to include Noah, and it might be hard to make that work under the cap.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:38 pm

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Why not Orlando? He would be that missing piece and that consistant scorer that the Magic have needed for a very long time.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:34 pm

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We need a two guard bad!  Come to Chicago Monta!!!!

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:16 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Thought from a warrior fan:

Sure Ellis is offense minded and can improve on defense, but he's not the Warriors problem.  If they can get a good big (or relatively big) man, then it makes them better balanced.  If not, keep him, have a strong back court and work with him on D.

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