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.
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.
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.
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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