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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: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:55 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Monta Ellis to the Trailblazers would make the most sense but the Trailblazers are extremely loyal to Brandon Roy as he is Portland's "Champion" but how long until their Champion loses his legs for good?

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:46 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Will Golden State ever be willing to have and keep a star player again?  Every player who has excelled out here since "Run TMC" fell apart has been dealt away, as if someone else on the team might catch a disease from them.  There will be no hope for the Warriors to rise above mediocrity again, until they achieve some continuity.  This team changes coaches and players more frequently than most men change underwear.

On a tangentially-related topic -- have you ever noticed how many of the all-pro players over the past two decades were ex-Warriors?  Perhaps the NBA should just designate Golden State as the NBA's minor league.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:21 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Interesting scenerio.  Ellis is obviously an offensive threat.  Any team would benefit greatly by having Monta as a two-guard.  I thought Ellis would be with Golden State for a long time.  Guess not.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:02 pm

Source: Monta trade talks 'pretty hot'

Would love to see Monta Ellis as a Blazer. But other than Nic Batum I'm not sure what Portland could offer and I'm not sure Batum would be enough. We could thrown in some draft picks and Rudy Fernandez! :)

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