The Milwaukee Bucks have a quandary right now with just 33 games left in the regular season. They are sitting in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but look like they have a player who would rather play somewhere else. Monta Ellis is making it very clear by his play on the court that he wants to be traded out of Milwaukee.
Ellis has scored just 33 points over the last three games for the Bucks and while he is averaging over 18 points per game, Milwaukee has lost all three of those games without much offensive contribution from Ellis. Ellis took just nine shots in each of the last two losses as well and I’m not sure if Ellis just doesn’t want to shoot the ball or just isn’t interested in what the Bucks are doing. Ellis should want to play for a team that could make the playoffs and not seemingly avoid anything that can help the team be successful.
I’m sure there is some market out there for Ellis if the Bucks wanted to trade him but I don’t think that would be the best plan of attack. Someone needs to sit down with Ellis and explain to him that he has two years left on his contract where he is getting paid $11 million a season. He needs to play up to that contract right now more than ever. The Bucks need Ellis to be the offensive leader that he can be and take some pressure off of Brandon Jennings. Ellis may be unhappy but he isn’t getting his ticket out of town.