Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has a player option worth $8.72 million for next season, and the expectations is that he’ll opt out and look for a nice raise. That raise isn’t likely to come from the Mavericks, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
Ellis led Dallas in scoring at 18.9 points per game last season and averaged 26.0 points in the postseason, but as MacMahon notes, the Mavericks don’t want to make a major investment in a one-way player who reportedly had a negative impact on the team’s chemistry.
Ellis very well could wind up back in Dallas if he can’t find a better deal elsewhere or the Mavericks can’t hit on their top targets, but for now, the team is ready to move on. Dallas is set to have a ton of cap space this offseason, and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan are both on the Mavericks’ radar.
Those two big men appear to be the top priorities for Dallas this offseason, so Ellis should be prepared to look around. Some team may be willing to throw big money at him because of his scoring ability, but his sub-par defense, three-point shooting and attitude should make suitors wary of investing too much in him.