Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis will opt out of his $8.72 million for next season, and the Mavericks aren’t expected to try to re-sign him:
Source: Monta Ellis has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract. The Mavs do not plan to try to re-sign him.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 24, 2015
Ellis was productive in his two seasons in Dallas, but the Mavericks reportedly grew tired of his attitude and didn’t want to invest big money in an undersized 29-year-old shooting guard.
Dallas has big plans for free agency this summer, with plans to chase big fish like DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge, and other players like Danny Green and Wesley Matthews. Even if Ellis had opted in, the Mavericks reportedly would’ve tried to deal him away for a first-round pick in order to clear cap space.
Ellis still has value as a scorer, and he’ll have his suitors:
Source: Monta Ellis will not opt-in to the final yr of his contract & will thus become a free agent this summer. Indiana & Miami interested
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 24, 2015
The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat aren’t slated to have the requisite cap space this summer to pursue Ellis. The Pacers will be right around the cap line assuming Roy Hibbert and David West opt in to their contracts, while the Heat have new contracts with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic to worry about. Perhaps some sort of sign-and-trade could be worked out with these teams, but it’s hard to see Ellis ending up with either team at the moment.
Ellis also has interest in joining the Atlanta Hawks:
RealGM Sources: As Monta Ellis pursues East deal with Hawks and Heat, Mavs targeting Spurs free agent Danny Green. http://t.co/VhVzqJknvU
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2015
Like the Pacers and Heat, it would take some finagling for Ellis to get to Atlanta.