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Monta Ellis Reportedly Agrees to 4-Year Deal with Pacers

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The Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis to the Sacramento Kings dream is dead, as Ellis has agreed to a four-year deal with the Indiana Pacers:

The Pacers had cap space to spare after David West opted out, and Indiana had been mentioned as a potential Ellis destination ever since he opted out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks. The Pacers pushed hard for Ellis throughout the day Wednesday and were able to secure the deal before he visited Sacramento, although apparently the Kings had a bigger offer on the table:

Ellis could wind up being a nice fit in Indiana. The Pacers certainly needed more shot creation to go along with Paul George, and Ellis will provide that. Indiana is also aiming to play smaller and faster, and Ellis fits into that plan as well. The veteran guard is a bad defender, but some of those deficiencies can be masked by the system and personnel in place.

Ellis has his issues, but he also still has value and fits into what the Pacers are trying to do moving forward. It very well could backfire, but this isn’t the worst way to use the space they had.

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