With a lot of free agents like Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson, and Paul Millsap finding homes, there aren’t a lot of prized free agents left to go after. One of the few free agents of great worth who is still available is Monta Ellis, who has elected to opt out of his deal with the Bucks and become an unrestricted free agent.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks are both interested in Ellis:
“The Hawks, according to NBA front-office sources, have emerged as a serious suitor for Ellis in free agency on top of the deals Atlanta has already struck with former Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap and returning sharpshooter Kyle Korver…The Denver Nuggets are another team known to covet Ellis, for example, but Denver is said to be shopping veteran guard Andre Miller to try to create enough financial flexibility to make Ellis a competitive offer.”
It sounds like according to this report, the Hawks are the more likely team to get Ellis due to having a more flexible salary cap situation. The Hawks landed Paul Millsap earlier this week, and adding Monta Ellis would certainly be another nice piece for them to add to their team. Especially with Jeff Teague’s future with the team being uncertain, and Devin Harris agreeing to a 3 year, $9M deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord