NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin, Monta Ellis backcourt with the Nets? Pacers guard available for trade

NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin, Monta Ellis backcourt with the Nets? Pacers guard available for trade

Monta Ellis, the veteran guard for the Indiana Pacers, is available for trades, according to the latest NBA rumors. Could a team like the Brooklyn Nets, who badly needs a starting shooting guard, try a deal for the veteran?

Steve Kyler of the Basketball Insiders confirmed on Twitter that Ellis is on the Pacers’ trading block but have not found any interested parties so far.

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Brooklyn is not mentioned in Ellis trade rumors so far but they are good candidates as they failed to get their free agent targets this 2016 offseason. The Nets signed Allen Crabbe (Portland Trail Blazers) and Tyler Johnson (Miami Heat) to offer sheets but their respective matched and retained them.

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Ellis could be the odd man out in the Pacers camp, which has a loaded backcourt with the presence of Jeff Teague, Rodney Stuckey, Aaron Brooks, C.J. Miles and Glenn Robinson III.

The Pacers were active in the 2016 offseason with free agency acquisition veteran center Al Jefferson and from a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, veteran forward Thaddeus Young.

The franchise player in Indiana is Paul George, who appears to be back to his All-Star form after a major surgery on his lower leg. With George once again healthy and the addition of Teague, scoring will not be a problem for the Pacers and dealing Ellis this summer could be a good idea for the squad.

Ellis still has three years left in his contract with the Pacers and will get paid over $10.7 million for the 2016-2017 NBA Season. Ellis’ average salary per season is cheap but the length of the contract could be turning off teams.

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However, Ellis remains a good scorer even at the age of 30, and a team like the Nets could be interested. Jeremy Lin has no backcourt partner at the moment in Brooklyn and Ellis could possibly work for the Nets, who wants to battle for a playoff spot next season.

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  • waky wake

    Come on…….. Justin Gloria/sportrageous. Ellis is waaaaayyyyy too small, to match up in the backcourt with Lin. I get the other attributes, but size would be a serious problem for the Nets, if they employed a starting backcourt of Lin and ?!?!?Ellis?!?!? Really? You can come up with something better than that.

    • LinFan17

      Unfortunately all good apples were picked. There is not too many choices in the market.

      • waky wake

        I can agree with that. If they can get him for a song and play him off the bench, when they need quick, high volume scoring, then signing him would be a good move.

    • yoeddy

      Fwiw, Lin and Walker shared a lot of backcourt time in Charlotte, and Walker is WAY shorter than Ellis…

      • waky wake

        And that somehow makes it a thing? No, no, no. Charlotte did well in spite of those poor decisions having Walker and Lin on the court at the same time, not because of. Walker is truly a shooting guard, that’s too small for the position. He never has played a true PG roll. Instead, he plays the roll of a shooting guard, who has to have the ball in his hands to be effective and his size makes him a serious liability on the defensive end. You know, like James Harden, only defense wise, dangerously smaller.

    • lilygtrece

      It doesnt matter of size, how come ellis use to score 25 points per game b4 and last season with mavericks in the playoffs averaged around 25 points…he took like 6 less shots this season compared to last season…of course his average would come down also they told ellis to distribute the ball more because they didnt have a true point guard.

  • jim hickman72

    Ellis is actually shorter than Lin and that’s too short to play SG these days.

  • statsjunkie

    Size and character are both short-comings.

  • Lilygtrece

    they would need to make a 3 way trade for this to happen, pacers would need a sg in return