Posted July 15, 2013

Reports: Mavericks agree to sign Monta Ellis to three-year deal

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Monta Ellis agreed to a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks

Monta Ellis has reportedly reached agreement with the Mavericks. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Mavericks have agreed to sign unrestricted free agent guard Monta Ellis to a three-year contract, according to ESPN.com and CBSSports.com. The deal will reportedly be worth between $25 million and $30 million. USA Today Sports pegs the number at $28 million.

Ellis, 27, averaged 19.2 points, 6 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Bucks last season. Acquired by Milwaukee from Golden State in a 2012 trade, Ellis led the Bucks in scoring but shot just 41.6 percent overall and 28.7 percent from deep.

A combo guard who can create a shot, finish in a variety of ways and do a passable job initiating a halfcourt offense, Ellis has never been regarded as a plus-defender. His 16.3 PER ranks slightly above league average, and Ellis is most naturally cast as a lead scoring option on a team with no real playoff hopes.

Perhaps that team is Dallas. The Mavericks opted not to re-sign their own unrestricted free-agent combo guard, O.J. Mayo. As it happens, Mayo agreed to sign with the Bucks for $24 million over three years, and Ellis’ agreement with the Mavericks completes this NBA equivalent of a “wife swap.”

At the time of Mayo’s agreement, The Point Forward noted that Milwaukee made the right call in overpaying Mayo instead of Ellis, because of his range (significantly better) and age (two years younger). That’s still true even if Ellis’ deal winds up in the $25 million ballpark, which is less than he likely expected he would receive after opting out of the final year of a six-year, $66 million dollar deal.

Ellis enters a new-look backcourt that includes Jose Calderon, Gal Mekel and 2013 first-round pick Shane Larkin, all added this offseason. Ellis adds a dynamic scoring element to that group, and he should return to a full-time off-guard role when things shake out. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appears to be using his cap space to accumulate proven players regardless of position, likely as a method for facilitating future deals.

Updates: What a day for the Mavericks’ backcourt. Yahoo! Sports reports that Larkin suffered a broken ankle that could sideline him for “2-to-3 months” while ESPN.com reports that a toe injury will “scrap” a three-year agreement between the Mavericks and Devin Harris.

GRADE: C-. Assessing this signing will ultimately depend on the final terms, but it doesn’t look great, even at the lower end of the reported range. Compare Ellis’ deal to Tony Allen ($20 million over four years), Martell Webster ($22 million over four years, although the last year isn’t guaranteed), Kyle Korver ($24 million over four years), J.R. Smith ($25 million over four years), J.J. Redick ($27 million over four years), Kevin Martin ($28 million over four years) and Mayo ($24 million over three years). There’s at least three guards in that group who are preferable talents to Ellis, and yet he is the highest-paid of all of them. There are many ways to react after striking out on Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, but adding a player at a star’s price without a star’s efficiency probably wasn’t the ideal conclusion.

24 comments
6marK6
6marK6

If the first twenty you try to sign don't sign, try and try and try again. Or just settle for a headcase.

KylaniMgmt
KylaniMgmt

Nobody seems to consider that Monta is going to be a better player just like he was coached to do when HE was averaging 25+ a game as a Warrior and became the leagues MOST IMPROVED PLAYER to his credit...I have followed Monta from the jump...when he left GS and went to Milwaukee on that trade...he was Coached wrong, which is why Scott Skiles was fired...(look at his stats under the Coach after Skiles)...I would venture to say that this will be a great move for the most 'underrated' All-Star that wasn't...in the history of the NBA, Monta is a great great player and now he's on a great great team, with a great NBA Champion having Coach...#kylanimgmtisadallasfannew  

irvfin3
irvfin3

If Monta took a pay cut by 3 mil shawn marion should have did the same damn thing! smh

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

what an idiot...  guy turns down 12 mill per to go elsewhere and take less than 10 mill per....  thats what happens when you overvalue yourself

danielcshipman
danielcshipman

Mavs lose Larkin and Harris. Signing makes more sense now. Ellis has never played with an unselfish superstar like Dirk or a Championship coach like Carlisle. Who knows maybe they get more out of him.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

The NBA is an interesting place.  It is where a player who hurts your team's chances of winning can get a $28M contract.

M20
M20

Odd mistake by Cuban. This is almost an admission that the team will not be good.

Also, "NBA equivalent of a “wife swap.”"? Otherwise known as a trade, which happens all the time?

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

Cuban broke up a Championship team immediately which I don't think has ever been done to clear up space to acquire future stars which he was not able to do. Could have, should have, would have. You don't quit a job if you don't have another job so you'd be free for future opportunities. Same with dumping a decent girlfriend so you can be a player! He had no business not Signing Barrea & Chandler. Actually when you've looked at many of Cuban's basketball decisions they've been pretty much all wrong/terrible. Letting Steve Nash go as well as the above.

eddie767
eddie767

I know Dirk wasn't consulted about this. Ellis is a ball hog,who is going to cut down Dirks pts. This move may make him think twice about giving a hometown discount on next contract like he offered to do. Sometimes having too much money makes ppl/teams do stupid things.

Braktooth
Braktooth

You would have had to put a gun to my head to make me sign him.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@KylaniMgmt  first, get that garbage hashtag crap out of here


second, Monta will "get his" but even in GS he is a poor percentage volume scorer - and nothing more.  Hes never going to be a main man like he sees himself - and hes could never come close to so much as carrying Dirk's jockstrap. 

Hes guy who takes alot of shots but at a bad percentage - not an efficient player and there are guys waiting to fill that role all over the NBA - if you aren't good enough to be a top player no matter who your coach is, you're not  "the man" material


Mark V.1
Mark V.1

@DanaBunner Eh, Ellis has enough talent to help a team win.  Unfortunately his talents are overvalued and he is misused as a primary scorer and full time starter.  He should be playing the role of JR Smith.

DaneCasteel
DaneCasteel

@M20 But it wasn't a trade... They singed independently of each other. 


6marK6
6marK6

@SandersonKramer Cuban is Jerry Jones Jr., thinks he knows the game, but doesn't. Knows how to make money and get attention, but does not know the game. He had Tyson Chandler wanting to come back for less money than max, but getting Howard and Williams meant more to him, even though he had a championship team. I despise Cuban.

CalebBenoit
CalebBenoit

@SandersonKramer i couldnt agree with you more on how terrible Cuban has handled things post-championship..... you don't gut 80% of a championship team and expect people just to flock to you.....

jojomogir
jojomogir

@Braktooth Agreed.  Ellis flat out stinks.  I wouldn't want him on my team at any price.  If you have a guy that shoots a lot at 41% there is no way you're going anywhere.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

@CalebBenoit @SandersonKramer He made them into the "New Coca Cola". You'd have thought he'd know better. He's like every idiot sports owner who thinks fans root for the uniform not the players wearing them.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@KylaniMgmt @barrytlyons

Wisconsin state income taxes would cost Monta less than 1 million per year... 


so hes STILL playing for more than a million dollars a year less than if he was in Milwaukee 

And Dallas, a contender?  Please.  The West is so deep dallas will be lucky to make the playoffs and have virtually no shot of winning a single playoff series as presently constructed