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Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and coach Mark Jackson push back against Monta Ellis trade rumors. Posted by Ben Golliver. monta-ellis

The cat is out of the bag.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that the Golden State Warriors are interested in moving guard Monta Ellis, engaging in trade talks with multiple teams.

While he admits that his team has engaged in trade talks this summer, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob pushed back against the rumors in an interview with the San Jose Mercury-News.
"There’s a tremendous amount of speculation in the press, and I can’t believe where all this is coming from… because the stories are completely fabricated, by you or whoever. I don’t know who’s fabricating them. 

"They’re fabrications, complete and utter. All these teams that supposedly have talked to us. It’s not true. It’s just not true.

"I’m not saying we haven’t had any discussions, we have. But it’s nothing like what’s being reported."
Lacob went on to say: "We all really like Monta Ellis a lot. We think he's a great player." He then acknowledged that whether there was a player that was a better fit is an open question and predicted that Ellis wouldn't be traded.

Meanwhile, GoldenStateofMind.com reports that Mark Jackson, hired to coach the Warriors this week, gave a similar message.
"The trades that have been discussed, I do not want to trade Monta Ellis - I want Monta Ellis to be in a Warriors uniform. Now if you told me we're trading Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard, I would hug Monta Ellis, tell him how much I appreciate him, and then make the deal. And I'm sure Monta Ellis would do the same thing: if you were trading me for Magic Johnson, make the trade."
Let's unpack these quotes. 

The owner is shocked that the media would speculate when he openly admits to trade talks including his near All-Star caliber player. Okay... Welcome to the NBA.

Both the owner and the coach like the player's game and want the player to stay ... unless he could bring back a better player or a better fit in trade. 

The Warriors did what they needed to do here: Show a public support of Ellis in the midst of the rumors. He's on your roster and he's your guy until the trade is approved by the league office. There's always a chance he isn't traded, and you don't want him to feel burned by the process. 

Despite that, they didn't do much to dispel the idea that he will be gone next year. Both Jacob and Jackson made it clear that Ellis is eminently tradeable. Indirectly, they poured even more fuel on the fire by publicly aknowledging that his fit is questionable when pressed about his future. A trade makes too much sense not to happen. This one feels like it just comes down to settling on the right price.
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 4:19 pm
 

David Lee and Monta Ellis not getting along?

Posted by Royce Young

With Monta Ellis's name coming up quite often in trade discussions, most saw the reason being that the Warriors were looking to build a more traditional back court, get better defensively and hand over the primary scoring duties to Stephen Curry.

Maybe there's a different, darker reason.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Ellis and power forward David Lee aren't really best friends. That could be the motivation for moving Ellis.
"Lee remains one of Joe Lacob's favorite players and I'm told Lee has made sure that Lacob knows how much he appreciates their close relationship. Meanwhile, Lee and Ellis are not close pals -- one source indicates that Ellis at one point last season informed coach Keith Smart that, if possible, he wanted no part of being around Lee, except on the court."
Lee was just signed to a big-time contract last summer and he's pals with the owner, so he's not going anywhere. So if Ellis is clashing with Lee, the front office could be just trying to offload a potential locker room issue.

That's definitely not the ONLY reason for it because the Warriors are looking to get better, but when two of your best players aren't getting along, it can help make up your mind on a deal.

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

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

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 CBSSports.com. “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 - CBSSports.com.

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.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:39 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 12:50 am
 

Trade rumor: Andre Iguodala for Monta Ellis?

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly discussing a trade involving Monta Ellis and Andre Iguodala. Posted by Ben Golliver. andre-iguodala

Two almost All-Stars reportedly find themselves in the middle of cross-conference trade talks.

ESPN.com reports that the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are in early discussions about swapping guard Monta Ellis and forward Andre Iguodala.
The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors' leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking.

One source stressed that completion of the deal is not imminent but that it has merits for both sides.
Ellis, 25, is on the books for each of the next three seasons at $11 million per year.

Iguodala, 27, is owed considerably more money: $13.5 million in 2011-2012, $14.7 million in 2012-2013 and $15.9 million in 2013-2014. 

Their current salary numbers mean that the two players could be traded straight up, if necessary, but other pieces could always be involved.

For all of his efforts to improve and do more, Ellis is pretty much still a one-dimensional scorer. There's no question that he can fill it up, though, as he was No. 8 in the NBA in scoring last season, putting up 24.1 points per game.

Iguodala is best known for his defense and all-around versatility but he can score and finish, too. Last season, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and a career-high 6.3 assists, helping lead the 76ers back to the playoffs. He dealt with nagging injury issues for a good chunk of the season, missing 15 games.

Swapping players straight-up would be a home run for Golden State. The Warriors desperately need quality defenders, size on the wing and a resolution to the franchise's two most critical problems: Ellis and Stephen Curry both need the ball in their hands and both guards also lack the size and tools to defend a good chunk of NBA guards.

For Philadelphia, the logic is a bit muddled. Iguodala and Evan Turner, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, are a bit redundant, and Turner will continue to require more touches and shots as his career progresses. Adding Ellis in Iguodala's place certainly doesn't solve that problem. There's also the issue of position. Is Turner a 2 or a 3? If he's a 2, then there's no way that a pairing with Ellis would work, as Ellis is also a 2. If he's a 3, then Philadelphia is setting itself up for a serious downgrade when it comes to perimeter physicality.

Golden State has proven that it's willing to spend money, so taking on the extra money owed to Iguodala isn't that big of an issue. In the new owners' eyes, that investment would pay for itself if he teams with Curry and David Lee to help the Warriors reach the postseason for the first time since 2006-2007.

For the 76ers, getting out of Iguodala's contract is going to have to happen at some point. With young talent like Turner, Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young in the pipeline, they'll be cutting some big checks in the relatively near future. They're not in panic cost-cutting mode yet though. They can continue to proceed deliberately.

While receiving Ellis in return for Iguodala is good value on paper, it makes far less sense given the 76ers' roster construction. Golden State likely needs to sweeten this one, or it will fizzle.
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Bulls, Grizzlies rumored to want Monta Ellis

Posted by Matt Moore

Monta Ellis has entered into that rather uncomfortable zone where he's not traded, but everyone expects him to be. He's not gone, but it's kind of assumeed he will be. He's still with Golden State, only not really. He's been rumored to have been on the trade block for close to a year now, with Stephen Curry considered the guard of the future.

Now the Contra Costa Times reports that the Warriors are considering trading Ellis again, and more aggressively following the makeover planned by new owners with Joe Lacob leading the charge. The addition of Jerry West to the ownership and front office group only strengthens that idea, with Ellis being considered the bait to kickstart the reshaping of the Warriors in a more defensive-minded structure. The Contra Costa Times' Tim Kawakami lays out both sides of the argument for trading or not trading Ellis, and brings up the Bulls and Grizzlies as those in consideration for a trade:

 
Then there is the matter of getting the right deal for Ellis, who is due $11 million in each of the next three seasons.

After checking with a few NBA sources, two teams kept coming up — both with the combination of potential interest and the right roster pieces to intrigue West and the Warriors.

They were:

Chicago, which might have been a big-time perimeter scorer away from pushing Miami to the brink in the Eastern Conference finals. Would the Bulls think about Luol Deng for Ellis? Could the Warriors sweeten that offer?

And Memphis, West’s old team, which has Rudy Gay at a huge salary and which offered O.J. Mayo for Ellis in the recent past.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy for the Warriors to trade Ellis — emotionally or practically. It will take some guts. But again, that’s precisely why West was brought to the Warriors in the first place.
via Trade Monta Ellis? Jerry West just might be the guy to do it | Talking Points.

The Grizzlies from all indications have no intention of trading Rudy Gay, despite the team's success without him in the playoffs. Multiple reports have surfaced linking the Grizzlies to trade talks for Gay, but almost all come from media on the other side of the trade, not from Memphis. The Grizzlies would love to have Ellis, as Kawakami mentions the near Mayo-Ellis swap, but Mayo's value is no longer high enough to support such a trade, if it ever was to begin with. As a result, Memphis is an unlikely target.

The Bulls are an interesting fit. Coach Tom Thibodeau has taken players with questionable defensive ability (Keith Bogans, Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver) and made them a part of the best defensive unit in basketball. Could he manage to cover Ellis' defensive liabilities in the same manner while adding a pure scorer to work off-ball with Rose and give the MVP a break from hoisting the offense on his shoulders. This would make a lot of sense from a lot of angles, but giving up Deng is giving up the emotional backbone of the Bulls and a key locker room guy, not to mention their best wing defender. The Bulls would be in a jam were they to make the move.

Still, the odds seem to be increasing that Ellis will not be in the Bay when the NBA kicks back up again.... whenever it kicks back up again.  
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:36 am
 

Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Well, this tattoo is certainly better than getting some type of World of Warcraft shrine inked on your back like Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, but it still feels extreme.

Pictured below is the chest of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, which is now covered in a giant tree tattoo. Have a look.

monta-ellis-chest-tattoo

Some of the design elements here are next level. His bellybutton is apparently serving as a hole in the tree's massive root system, there are angels sitting in the tree's branches over one half of his chest and a giant picture of his child on the other. At the top of the tree the words "Family First" are in huge letters, up among the branches and leaves, which in turn sort of blend into his two arm-sleeves.

I'm no dendrologist, but it's possible that this is a magnolia tree, the state tree of Mississippi. Ellis is a Jackson, MS native.

Also worth noting, on his left arm, Ellis has tattooed the words "Ellis Family" just in case the giant "Family First" reminder wasn't enough. If he should happen to want to enter his name into the field of 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, he's off to a good start.

This work appears on a MySpace.com page called Tattoos By Randy and Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, Orlando Magic wing Quentin Richardson and Indiana Pacers center Solomon Jones are other NBA players with tattooes pictured on the page. 

Hat tip: The Basketball Jones
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Warriors short list: looking for a powerless hand

Warriors short list includes several former head coaches, but seeks to give them "minimal input" over personnel decisions. Huh?
Posted by Matt Moore

With Keith Smart ousted in Golden State, the search naturally begins for his replacement. The next coach will be inheriting a roster built for speed, with defensive liabilities at multiple positions and a lot of guys that like to shoot... well, a lot. So who's on the early short list? From the Contra-Costa Times' Marcus Thompson.
Riley said the Warriors havent contacted anyone yet and dont have a timetable for hiring a new coach, though he said it wouldnt hurt to have one by the NBA draft, which is June 23.

He declined to reveal whom the Warriors have on their shortlist, but multiple sources -- from the team and in NBA circles -- said they believe former Cleveland coach Mike Brown and assistant coaches Dwane Casey of Dallas, Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio and Lawrence Frank of Boston are on that list. Casey and Frank are also former NBA head coaches.

One team source said the Warriors have an eye on former Utah coach Jerry Sloan. But thats considered a long shot, as the legendary coach isnt expected to come out of retirement for a rebuilding franchise.
via Head coach Keith Smart is one and done with Golden State Warriors - ContraCostaTimes.com.

Those are all pretty standard choices, and the move towards a more grounded, defensive-centric coach is evident. Frank was brought in to replace Tom Thibodeau in Boston, Brown is known most notably for his defensive work. Perhaps most interesting, though, is this snippet from Kawakami later: 

Riley suggested that a new coach will have only minimal input over player personnel. He will be expected to significantly improve the defense and get into the 2012 playoffs.

 Riley has been the one splitting responsibilities with Don Nelson, and handed a new contract to David Lee. So for this to be a move towards more autonomy in decision making smells like a power grab in a vaccuum. Furthermore, how does that mesh with the pursuit of veteran coaches, most of whom are going to want significant influence over personnel? You can't hire a defensive coach, give him a bunch of defensive-liability offense-centric players and say "Go get 'em!" There's got to be some level of balance going forward. 
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Ellis has concussion, will miss final two games

Posted by Royce Young



Monta Ellis took a nasty spill last night. It was one of those abruptly-inhale-deeply-and-don't-breathe-again-until-he-moves kind of falls. He was taken to the hospital but as the Warriors said today, Ellis was released this morning with a Grade 2 concussion.

The team says he'll miss the final two games of the season.

The fall was pretty scary just because the way it happened. Ellis hit the side of his head on the floor, which doesn't happen often. Once he got up after laying for a minute or so, he was obviously woozy and shaken.
As the NFL has been trying to tell us lately, along with people well before, concussions are no joke. And Ellis's was pretty serious. Basketball is not immune to these types of things with sharp elbows flying around, players jumping high and hard falls taking place. That wood below is hard. Really hard. It's not very forgiving.

Ellis will be fine but his injury is a subtle reminder that the concussion discussion isn't entirely limited to just football and hockey. Basketball is indeed a contact sport and hard falls happen.
 
 
 
 
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