NBA Free Agent Rumors: Monta Ellis Fires Agent


Monta Ellis has fired his long-time agent, Jeff Fried.

Ellis, previously a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, jumped to the conclusion that his agent wasn’t trying to get him big money and it was all Fried’s fault.

No, Mounteigh, its your fault.

Ellis has a reputation around the league as an inefficient player, which is something Danny Ferry & Co. aren’t in need of. However, reports have been surfacing in the past week that Ellis is a target of the Atlanta Hawks.

If he were to step into a sixth-man, high-octane, smart, unselfish role with the Hawks, I might actually like him in Atlanta. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if he’s willing to do that. Besides, I don’t want to pay a guy who has similar shooting percentages to Josh Smith a lot of money.

Here’s a little from ESPN’s Chris Broussard:

Ellis, who averaged 19.2 points and 6.0 assists for Milwaukee last season, has not been offered superstar money thus far. Having rejected a contract extension from the Milwaukee Bucks that would have enabled him to make $36 million over the next three years, he is hoping to make $40 million over four years.

But few teams have that much cap space left. Thus, Ellis is hoping for a sign-and-trade deal that may enable him to get close to his desired figure.

So let’s hope Monta does one of the following:

  1. Signs with Atlanta and becomes unselfish, efficient and fantastic.
  2. Goes as far away as possible.

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