Thursday, May 9, 2013
Kings eying Monta Ellis?
By Joe Kaiser
It remains to be seen if Monta Ellis will play in Milwaukee next season, or decline his $11 million option and become an unrestricted free agent. Most believe that the veteran shooting guard will do the latter, and a story today by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that reveals Ellis' alleged involvement in a locker room altercation with teammate Larry Sanders would only seem to support that stance.
Among teams that may be interested in Ellis if he does in fact enter the free agent market is Sacramento, according to Berger.
"Oddly, a member of the proposed ownership group trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento has done some background checking on Ellis as a possibility for the Kings if the team decides to part ways with restricted free agent Tyreke Evans this summer, a league source involved in the discussions said," Berger writes in the story today.
Really? For a team already undersized in the backcourt with Isaiah Thomas running the point, and already among the very worst in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency, the addition of an undersized two-guard like Ellis would be an odd fit. Lets also not forget that, barring the use of the amnesty clause this summer, the Kings are already on the hook with Marcus Thornton -- an undersized SG himself -- for nearly $17 million over the next two seasons.