It was clear at the end of his time with the Milwaukee Bucks, shooting guard Monta Ellis was not a happy camper. There were certainly plenty of reasons for him to be unhappy. However, at the same time, the Bucks can say the same thing.
Ellis said he felt he had to do a majority of the work if Milwaukee was going to be successful. Obviously, when a player is the most talented on the team the work load will always fall in their lap. Look at any star player on any other team in the league and the same thing will be seen.
Towards the end of last season, the Bucks knew Ellis wanted out. He continued to clash with teammates, with his halftime skirmish in the locker room during one of the playoff games against the Miami Heat being the last straw. Center Larry Sanders, who will assume the role as the face of the franchise going forward, called Ellis out for basically giving up before the season was over. Even though it was what ultimately gave Ellis the push he needed to know Milwaukee was not in his future, it was something that needed to be done.
The veteran guard saw his numbers plummet with the Bucks. He certainly was not the offensive threat general manager John Hammond thought he was getting when he traded for him. He shot a career-low 41.6 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from beyond the arc. And of course, Ellis has an explanation for the drop in performance.
“When you’re in a place where you’re unhappy, it’s very hard to perform to your best ability,” Ellis said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“So this is a new beginning, a new fresh start, better organization, better teammates,” he said in reference to signing with the Dallas Mavericks.
It would have been nice to keep Ellis on the team, but the Bucks are clearly better off without him and the rest of the players that did not want to be in Milwaukee anymore.