Dallas Mavericks Bolster Back Court Even More With Addition of Monta Ellis

By Paul Seaver
Mark D. Smith-USA Today Sports

It’s been a strange month or so for free agent shooting guard, Monta Ellis. After declining a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks last month, Ellis hit the free agent market with high hopes. However, the interest level wasn’t nearly what he originally expected, so Ellis decided to part ways with his agent earlier this week.

Days later, he found a new home.

Ellis, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard and former second round draft selection back in 2005, signed with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, agreeing to a three year deal that is expected to be around $30 million, according to CBS Sports. The Mavericks have already missed out on some of their top targets thus far this month, but this could be a match made in heaven. Ellis is a good fit in Dallas and he will bring some star power to the Mavericks’ back court in the team’s push to return to the playoffs in 2014.

While Ellis will become the team’s headline name on the perimeter, he’s not the first signing that the team has made in the back court this free agent period. Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington have all been brought on board over the course of the past couple of weeks. The team also drafted rookie point guard Shane Larkin in the first round of the NBA Draft just last month.

Ironically enough, former Maverick O.J. Mayo reached a free agent deal with the Bucks just last week, so him and Ellis are virtually switching spots and locations.

Ellis however, is known for his ability to be a prolific scorer and his numbers are astonishing for a player that has never been named to an All Star game. Ellis’ career scoring numbers are more than anyone in NBA history who has yet to receive that All Star nod.

In Dallas, Ellis could have an opportunity to change that.


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