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Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 4:57 pm
Posted by Royce Young

By all accounts, the Warriors are very much shopping guard Monta Ellis around. Ken Berger of reported last week that talks were "heating up" about a deal sending Ellis to Philadelphia. But there was also some push back from owner Joe Lacob and new coach Mark Jackson about that, indicating the Warriors aren't moving Ellis.

And now via an interview with, Warriors general manager Larry Riley emphatically said the team isn't shopping Ellis.

“We are not shopping Monta Ellis. It is business as usual here. I think you have to look at what just happened in the Finals — it seemed like Dallas played pretty small guards throughout that series with Miami and did a pretty good job of it. Our problem is not the small backcourt. Our problem is defense.”

Our problem is defense. Aren't you basically saying, "Our problem is Monta Ellis" then? (Along with Stephen Curry, of course.) That back court simply can't match up with other big back courts throughout the West. Riley cites the Mavs, but that was a specific matchup situation and Rick Carlisle managed those rotations wonderfully.

As far as Riley saying the team isn't shopping Ellis, you can't call him a liar, but you can't believe it entirely. I believe him. The team probably isn't actively shopping Ellis around. But when someone calls and says, "Hey, do you want Andre Iguodala?" and Riley says, "Who for?" and the other GM says, "How about Monta?" I don't think Riley is responding, "We're not shopping Ellis." There's a difference between actively listening and actively shopping. And I think the Warriors are doing a whole lot of listening with Ellis.

They realize the back court of Ellis and Curry isn't really a favorable one, especially with Jackson wanting to establish more of a defensive mindset. They need a little size, but how do you slash into those players' minutes?

Ellis might be moved and we'll all say, "Hey, Lacob, Riley and everyone else said they weren't shopping him!" But in reality, they probably weren't. Doesn't mean they won't trade him though.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:35 am

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Finally a person with some sense Iguodala is not a FAIR trade for Monta! He is a downgrade and so is O.J. Mayo! Hope the Warriors are not that Stupid! Over and over we need a GOOD Big Man not another foward!

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:09 am

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Well, if Ken Berger from CBSsports reported it, then IT MUST be true!  LOL.  Amazing how the rumor mill works nowadays.  I truly hope that the Warriors make an informed, long term decision in regards to Monta.  He is an asset and can play the game well.  I would never be surprised (with a MUCH better supporting cast) to see him as an all star someday.  He is one of the best assets on the team and should not be dealt away whimsically.  In my opinion Iguodala is NOT a good trade. 

Glad to see the Warriors holding off on this one. 

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:25 am

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

oh bye the way... if we traded monte to bulls what are the critics going to say then Rose is 6'3 monte 6'3 oh but i guess those two wouldn't work either right i dont think so......they would dominate period.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:17 am

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Why would you shop him? it's amazing almost every team in this league wants him including the lakers...but you have so called fans in the bay area that dont have a clue about how to build a winner. Monte and Curry were the strenghth of this team last year and if there is ever a player that leaves it all on the court it's monte Ellis why dont you people get it!

Just like jackson said..... if orlanda calls and says well trade you Dwight howard ya you make the trade but their not. Has everybody forgot about reggie williams? isn't he a 6'6 off guard....hello!

This team needs a defensive stopper that can come off the bench and shut down players like kobe and durant and james because thats what this team lacks and he is in the draft......enough said.

The warriors have to get the center they need from the free agents.....Jordon, kaman, Dalenbert, chandler, gasol and Nene.

the warriors have been together for barely a year for crying out loud.... let them gel together and learn how to play together.

we are not that far off....
PG curry, ac law
SG monte, reggie
Sf  wright, thorton
PF lee, udoh, vlad
C beitrins, Admunson

now add the center and the defensive stopper (from the draft or AK47 ) and add a role player ala brian cardinal and stay healthy and we will make the playoffs.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:14 am

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Why not trade stephen curry for mario chalmers and udonis haslem

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:48 am

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Imagine ADDING a big guard (Lets say Burks from Colorado for an example).  Then you have a 3 guard rotation (you do know you need a bench right).  Imagine a Big 2 as a starter and Ellis coming off the bench as a scorer and a backup point.  Even a 3 guard set on occasion.  That is why you don't trade Ellis - for another guard.  Unless you can get Dwight Howard (and you are not), there really isn't any good reason to trade Ellis.  You are better off adding around the two and moving one to the bench in the long term.

Front Court is the same thing.  Udoh and Lee look like good pieces.  Now just find an effective 3rd piece.  You will NOT fix both of those problems this year.  If you fix one of them, you might make the playoffs.  Both then you have something.


Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:05 pm

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Don't believe the hype.

They are just trying to cool the fires until draft day. We CANNOT have these two in the backcourt next season or we will go no where.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:03 pm

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Unless it is for a bargain, Monta Ellis to the Bulls would be a terrible move.  First off, being in a no-defense system, it makes pure offensive players (like Ellis) look better than they are.  The system makes for inflated offensive numbers.  Secondly, I'm not sure Ellis and Rose on offense would work well together.  Their styles are too similar.  Finally, and most importantly, trading for Monta Ellis, having Rose as his running mate, makes the Bulls backcourt have the same problem that will get Ellis dealt:  major lack of height.  It will bring down the defense by leaps and bounds, and to have the decrease in defense that would occur, the offensive player would have to be a Kobe-caliber scorer to not make the team worse as a whole.  Ellis to the Bulls is a bad idea.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:58 pm

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

The Bulls need to be on the phone with GS immediately...  This guy is exactly what they need, a two guard that can creat his own offense and take some of the heat off D-Rose...  Not sure what it would take, but Gar and Pax need to make a hard push to get into the discussion!

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:16 pm

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Anyone expecting Mark Jackson to make a difference probably believed Mike Singletary's "I WANT WINNERS!"  Just before he dropped his pants.  Why do we hire coaches who have NEVER coached before - ON ANY LEVEL?'s all good, because Jackson has PROMISED that the Dubs will not only make the playoffs next year....they will do "even more."  And Biedrins will be a 90% FT shooting Allstar!!!

The term "fan" is short for fanatic.  And that's what I am.  BUT I am not stupid...............

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