Monta Ellis gets the ball off of the amazing pass between the legs from Samuel Dalembert and dunks it with two hands on the Miami Heat. The pass was reminiscent of a Vlade Divac pass who was one of the craftiest and best passing 7 footers to ever play in the NBA.
Monta Ellis has a tough decision to make this offseason, whether to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, or the Sacramento Kings. All of these three teams are seen as the front runners and the teams that Ellis is seriously considering. Ellis would probably be expecting receiving near max money as he has averaged 25 points per game in a season in this league and he is coming off of a season where he averaged almost 20 points per game where he had to share a lot of shots with his backcourt mate, Brandon Jennings.
The Bucks seem to be out of the picture now as they are probably only going to keep one of their starting guards and Brandon Jennings seems to be their priority. However, the Bucks have a lot of money to play with and could offer Ellis a big deal and keep him around if his other suitors don't work out. The Bucks also signed OJ Mayo this offseason so he looks like he is taking Ellis' old role on the team.
This is a very likely destination after the Mavericks lost on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes it seems Mark Cuban has been dying to spend his money. The Mavericks need another scorer after losing OJ Mayo and have really only one big scorer on the roster in Dirk Nowitzki. Ellis would be a great fit to score points in bunches and I bet he could average 23 points per game with them next season.
The Hawks also lost on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and are looking to add a high profile scorer after trading Joe Johnson last year and losing Josh Smith to the Pistons last week. Ellis would be a good fit here too and I think he could average 23 here also.
Monta Ellis to the Kings has been long rumored since the new owner Ranadive bought the team he has some tie to Ellis, probably from their time together in Golden State. The Kings have a number of gaurds and seem to have no room for Ellis unless they move Mclemore to the small forward spot which might work if he bulks up some more. The Kings have eyed a three year deal with Ellis and if they complete that the Kings will be seen as major players in free agencies to come as they have already signed Carl Landry to offseason and had a 58 million dollar deal on the table for a while for Andre Iguodala. Monta Ellis' shots would be more limited with the Kings than with the Mavs and Hawks because of Thornton, Cousins, Mclemore, and Jimmer but I could still see him averaging 18-20 points per game.