Free-agent Monta Ellis has finally found a team willing to pay for his services, and thankfully it’s not the Atlanta Hawks.
The Dallas Mavericks signed the combo guard to a three-year deal, reports ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Ellis will earn a minimum of $25 million, and possibly as much as $30 million — depending on where Dallas ends up in terms of salary-cap space as it works on a number of deals, notes Stein.
Ellis was recently in the news for firing his long-time agent, Jeff Fried, because he felt that Fried wasn’t trying to get him big time money. It certainly looks like his new agent got the job done, although Monta could have made $11 million in Milwaukee this season if he didn’t opt out of the final year of his contract.
Ellis will join a newly signed Mavericks backcourt that features veteran point guards Jose Calderon and Devin Harris. Calderon agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal and Harris agreed to a three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million.
The Hawks were eyeing Ellis for a bit, but ultimately decided it was best to not offer the volume-scorer any deal.
Ellis was drafted by the Warriors in the second-round of the 2005 draft and spent his first six and a half seasons in the Golden State, before being traded to Milwaukee at the trade deadline two seasons ago.
In 2012-13, his only full year with the Bucks, Ellis started all 82 games, averaging 19.2 points, 6.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 41.6% from the field, 28.7% from the 3-point arc and 77.3% from the free-throw line.