It was a quick exit from the NBA playoffs for the Milwaukee Bucks. The team’s leading scorer from this season in Monta Ellis has an $11 million player option for next season, which he has indicated he doesn’t plan on exercising. It means a number of questions need to be answered for the Bucks, but bringing Ellis back is probably not in the plans even with his solid scoring numbers.
Ellis averaged 19.2 points and six assists per game in his first full season for the Bucks. The numbers sound great on the surface, but he also shot under 42% while taking over 17 shots per game. I don’t like those numbers. Milwaukee is definitely on the edge of playoff contention in the Eastern Conference with Ellis and nowhere closer without him. Ellis will likely want to move to a different team and want big money. The Bucks can’t afford to bring him back though because the better option would be retaining Brandon Jennings.
Jennings is a restricted free agent and I’m sure Milwaukee will match almost any offer that comes the way of Jennings. The Bucks aren’t going to bring back both next season, so they will need to decide on one or the other. I think Ellis will be the goner in the end. He will land on a team that could use a shooting guard who can fill the hoop up. It just won’t be in Milwaukee. The Bucks probably could use the money that would be taken up by Ellis on other needs like re-signing Jennings. The fans in Milwaukee would love to see both return so their team has a chance at the playoffs again but that’s doesn’t appear like it will happen.