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Report: Monta Ellis to decline player option


via Boston Globe:


According to the Boston Globe, Monta Ellis is “expected to reject” his $11 million player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent. If the Bucks keep both Ellis and Brandon Jennings through the deadline, the Bucks are going to be an interesting team to watch in the offseason. Jennings will be a restricted free agent, while Ellis could become an unrestricted free agent. GM John Hammond has stated the Bucks would like to keep the duo together, but that may have just been typical front office lip service. Keep an eye on Milwaukee through Thursday’s trade deadline.


Per Boston Globe:

It’s almost a given that Brandon Jennings will explore free agency after the Bucks passed on an opportunity to sign him to an extension last summer. Jennings has exceeded expectations during his four years in the NBA but can still be wildly inconsistent with his 3-point shooting and decision-making. Also, guard Monta Ellis has an $11 million player option that he is expected to reject to become a free agent this summer. Ellis, like Josh Smith, has been productive throughout his career but elicits different opinions about whether he can contribute to a championship-caliber team. The Warriors felt they had to move Ellis because of his overall effect on the team and his desire to be the primary scorer despite the presence of Stephen Curry . . . Charlotte’s Ben Gordon, who has a player option for $13.2 million next season, is expected to be traded by the Bobcats because he has not bought into coach Mike Dunlap’s system. The Celtics would be interested in Gordon, but he would be the second-highest-paid player on the team.

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