Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks have their sights set on signing Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis.
Just as they did at February’s trade deadline, Hawks have Monta Ellis in their sights in July free agency. Linkage: http://t.co/wh2Vlcxw1w
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2013
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 82games.com, 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.