Sources: Dallas reaches deal with Ellis
Monta Ellis and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed upon a three-year deal according to sources with knowledge of the process.
The former Milwaukee Buck shooting guard will be making around $28 million a source told USA Today. The final details of the contract are still being worked out it seems, but the Mavs will be getting a proven scorer in Ellis who averaged 19.2 points, six assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game last season.
ESPN.com first reported the deal and mentioned that the exact amount that Ellis will be making is likely to change due to contracts with other players that Dallas is currently working on. The final numbers will likely be determined once the Mavs have a better idea of their salary cap space.
The deal was confirmed by Ken Berger of CBS through a league source, as Ellis joins a drastically new Dallas backcourt. The Mavs have an abundance of guards thanks to the draft and free agency. Shane Larkin of Miami and Gal Mekel, a 25-year-old Israeli basketball player, join Jose Calderon and Devin Harris at point guard. Ellis now joins this highly talented backcourt, made up of rookies and veterans, at shooting guard.
The Mavericks will likely continue to make moves after striking out in the Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum sweepstakes, and Chris Kaman signing with the Lakers. They are reportedly in talks with center Samuel Dalembert.
The Mavericks look to return to the playoffs after a disappointing 41-41 season last year.