Mar 24, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) dribbles the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard John Jenkins (12) defends during the first quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agent Rumors: Monta Ellis on Hawks' Radar

Marc Stein of is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks have their sights set on signing Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis.

This news is surprising to me. Signing Monta Ellis would mean that the Hawks would have four shooting guards on the roster – Lou Williams, John Jenkins, Jared Cunningham, and Ellis. While Cunningham isn’t a huge factor on the team going forward, the other two guards demand big minutes.

An Ellis signing could potentially stunt the growth of sharpshooter John Jenkins, which makes me feel quite forlorn.

According to, Ellis is actually quite proficient at the point guard position:

His offensive and defensive rating as a point guard is pretty solid, but, to the casual fan, his reputation as a “chucker” has dismissed any possibility of a spot at the 1 position. If he ends up signing with the Hawks, it’ll be interesting to see how the outlook of the point guard position plays out going forward.

Stay tuned for more updates on Ellis rumors.

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