The Milwaukee Bucks will have several big decisions to make before the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline that is less than two weeks away. Several players are rumored to be on the trading block and one of those could even be guard Monta Ellis.
Bucks fans are probably not surprised to hear Ellis’ name mentioned in trade rumors considering he is in the last year of his contract with a $11 million option for next season. Milwaukee would like nothing more than to extend the 27-year-old to a four year deal but there is no question other teams will jump at the chance to sign Ellis if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The other problem is that Ellis will want a big pay day if he will be required to pick up his option for next season and that might be something Milwaukee will be unable to give him.
The Bucks also believe they have a legitimate shot at a decent playoff seed this season and trading Ellis would most certainly destroy that hope. In order to trade Ellis Milwaukee would need someone in return to play the shooting guard position and be one of the top scorers on the team. Most teams around the league would not give up one for the other unless it has to do with salary cap room in which case Ellis would make more sense because he only has one year left on his deal.
I personally believe the Bucks will keep Ellis for the remainder of the season unless a trade offer that is too good to pass up comes along. Otherwise, Milwaukee will remain optimistic that they will be able to keep their dominant backcourt together for the next few years.
People must also recognize that Bucks owner Herb Kohl is known to be a man who wants to win and will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. Trading Ellis would realistically send Milwaukee in the opposite direction they are trying to head.