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The NBA Trade Movie of the Week: "Get Monta"

Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:27 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

Coming this summer from the NBA Board of Governors' CBA Negotiation Meeting Productions: a new film by director Larry Riley. Starring Mark Jackson, Andre Iguodala, Jerry West, and Monta Ellis as Monta Ellis, the biggest blockbuster of the summer, "Get Monta." 

From KB:
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 Chicagos offseason discussions refuted the notion that the Bulls have had recent contact with Golden State about the electrifying guard.
via Source: Monta trade talks pretty hot -

Let's look at some of these options. Logic Score refers to how much the trade makes sense, on a scale of 1 to 5. 

Trail Blazers

Logic Score:  3

The Blazers need backcourt help and Brandon Roy is walking through that door, but he's probably limping. The Blazers have the young talent available to make a deal but sent some picks to Charlotte that could limit them. For the deal to make sense, it would likely have to center around standout small forward Nicolas Batum, along with Wesley Matthews. It makes a lot of sense for the Blazers, provided Nate McMillan thinks he can get through to Ellis on defense. It would be interesting to see Ellis play in a halfcourt offense for once. 

Los Angeles Lakers

Logic Score: 2

Yeah, because Kobe Bryant's definitely going to want to give the ball up to Monta Ellis. Yeah, because Ellis is definitely Mike Brown's kind of defensive standout guy. Yeah, because Ellis can definitely run point guard in a system that relies on low turnovers. Yeah, because the Lakers are definitely willing to give up on their center of the future, Andrew Bynum, for Ellis with no reasonable addition in return. Yeah, because otherwise the Warriors are really looking for Matt Barnes, Luke Walton, and Derek Fisher. I don't care how much Mark Jackson likes veteran guys, this deal makes absolutely zero sense.

Chicago Bulls 

Logic Score: 4

The Bulls have Luol Deng's contract they can send, along with some good big man defensive talent to cash in on. Ellis would take possessions away from Rose, sure, but he could also be deadly as the drive and kick option and an incredible complement in transition. Ellis would take pressure off Carlos Boozer, and the Bulls can send Charlotte's 2012 pick as part of their package. This makes a lot of sense on a lot of levels. Ellis' defense? Listen, if Tom Thibodeau can make the best defense in the league with Carlos Boozer at power forward, he can do the same with Ellis at the two-guard.

Philadelphia 76ers

Logic Score: 3

This is likely to happen, and it makes a ton of sense for the Warriors. They get a defensive presence in Iguodala, likely some other personnel to fill more defensive roles and a true building block to go along with Curry. But the Sixers get Ellis, while having to mitigate further what Evan Turner can give them and force him to play big at the 3 or bury Jrue Holiday with Ellis running point. The only way this could be a slam dunk for the Sixers is if they manage to dump some other salary as well, but they'd have to get quality players like Dorell Wright or Ekpe Udoh in return. With the Warriors' pick seemingly set on a big man, that might be a decent option.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:45 pm

The NBA Trade Movie of the Week: "Get Monta"

The rumor i had heard today on sportsnet here in Canada was a trade involving Ellis & The LA Clippers Chris Kaman...doesn't make a lot of sense though.




Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:07 pm

The NBA Trade Movie of the Week: "Get Monta"

76ers getting Ellis and Warriors getting Iguodala is fine but other players would need to be involved. Philly believes Iguodala and Turner duplicate each other. I'm not sold on Turner at the NBA level, I think he would have to continue coming off the bench with Young getting the nod at SF. 76ers start Holiday, Ellis, Young, Brand, and Hawes. Ok I guess but 1 for 1 doesn't help Philly get bigger, which is what they want. I can't see Golden State, or anyone else for that matter, agreeing to take Brand who Philly also wants to dump.

Maybe Iguodala, Turner, and #16 for Ellis, Udoh, and #11. Gets Ellis out of Golden State, which they now seem to want, a SG in Turner to run with Curry, and a 1st rounder which should be a decent pick. Gets Iguodala out of Philly which they seem to want, a defensive minded big as a hedge for Brand (who likely will not repeat last year's healthy season), and a pick which should get a crack at taking onr of the Euro centers.

How about Ellis to Cleveland, they seem bent on moving the #4 pick. So far the reports have them getting the #2 from Minnesota, which I think is a joke. Maybe they should look at moving back in a swap with the Warriors. Ellis, Wright and #11  to Cleveland for Davis, Parker, and #4. Cleveland gets Irving and a Euro big in the 1st round and Golden State get Williams.

On a side note, why isn't Spoelstra playing Big Z? He's not a low post player, he has a great mid-range jumper, and he would pull Chandler out of the paint! Miami should can him and hire Adelman.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:27 pm

The NBA Trade Movie of the Week: "Get Monta"

Ellis For D. Rose 
Ellis for Carmelo and Stuadomire
Ellis for Howard
Ellis for Wade
Ellis for Lebron
Ellis for Bosh and Wade
Ellis for Bosh, Wade and Lebron
Ellis for C.Paul
Ellis for Griffen
Ellis for Westbrook
Ellis for Durant
Ellis for Love

I don't want to see the Warriors trade away Ellis. I am tired of my team trading good player's away for average talent. Please stop. The trades above are the only acceptable trades.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:43 pm

The NBA Trade Movie of the Week: "Get Monta"

I'd rather Philly do that trade with Iggy than trading him to the Clips for of all people Chris Kaman.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:48 pm

The NBA Trade Movie of the Week: "Get Monta"

I have to say, as much as I would love the prospect of having Monta Ellis and his scoring, him coming to LA makes no sense. I don't see this happening without KObe Bryant being in the deal. I hope to god we don't do anything stupid. I wouldn't give up Andrew Bynum for anybody. I'd give up Pau Gasol for a PG like Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, or Deron Williams. Even Gasol for Dwight Howard, but definitely not Monta Ellis, I'd rather have our size than two high scoring SGs. Now if we could somehow pull him for some of our bench players, I'd love the deal cause I like Monta's game. I just don't see it happening. I think Golden State would benefit most from a deal to Chicago. I think both of these teams could benefit from that. Luol Deng and maybe another player for Monta, Deng is a hell of a defensive player and very underrated on offense. Ellis would be in the backcourt with Derrick Rose and with the Bulls size, this could be deadly. They would still need a guy to take Dengs place. How about Chicago works out a deal to get Andre Iguodala and Ellis. That would make Chicago the best team in the East next season. They have the bench pieces to work out these deals.

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