Monta Ellis has reinvented himself to suit the marching orders by the Indiana Pacers president for basketball operation Larry Bird. However, rumors are swirling that the Pacers are willing to let go of Ellis and trade him for the Thunders’ Ersan Ilyasova and Kyle Singler.
In the proposed deal, the Thunders would have a legit 6th man, who could continue the fast pace that Russell Westbrook would dictate. He would be a suitable wingman for Victor Oladipo and paired with Ronnie Price.
With a stable backcourt, the Thunder would be able to space out the floor and give Domas Sabonis, Steven Adams, and Enes Kanter room to work inside the paint. Ellis, 30, stated that he was to rededicate himself and be a factor again for a team.
With the recent shakedown on their roster, the Pacers want a new direction. There have been talks if Ellis could cope with Jeff Teague and that a trade is inevitable. Aside from Ellis the Thunder would also get a second round pick in next year’s draft.
If the trade takes place, the Pacers would be able to get a cap space from the Ellis contract which they could use going into the midseason or during the free agency. Ilyasova carries a shooting ability for a power forward as he averages 10.4 points with 5.4 rebounds a game.
Meanwhile, Singler showed that he could be a reliable player coming off the bench as he scored 17 points in their recent preseason match loss to the Dallas Mavericks. But he could get in the rotation that Nate McMillan has in stored for the team. He could get in the rotation along Thaddeus Young and Jeremy Evans.
The trade is plausible, but only if both the Pacers and Thunder would give in to it. The Thunder was trying to move on from the Kevin Durant drama last summer and hope to rebuild the team around Westbrook.
The Pacers have started their own rebuilding process and hope that their roster would be able to respond to the challenge. Though, if both teams do not see the need to make the trade they could stay with the assets they have and wait for either the mid-season trade and free agency season.
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