Monta Ellis G IND 4 days ago

Ellis exited Thursday's practice early after his back stiffened up, Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Monta Ellis G IND 3 months ago

Ellis and the Pacers agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $44 million, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports.

Ellis will move on after two years in Dallas, and he figures to step in as the Pacers' starting shooting guard. Last season, Ellis averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from three. The fourth year of Ellis' deal is a player option, so he'll have the opportunity to again be a free agent in the summer of 2018.

Monta Ellis G IND 3 months ago

Ellis will opt out of his current contract with the Mavericks, making him a free agent this summer, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. Additionally, the Mavericks are not expected to re-sign Ellis to a revamped contract.

This decision has been rumored for many weeks and finally Ellis was able to make his intentions clear just a day before the 2015 NBA Draft takes place. The 29-year-old should provide an instant boost wherever he lands, with Indiana and Miami the reported early favorites to negotiate with Ellis. Regardless of where he ends up, Ellis will remain a viable option across all formats after completing his third-straight season where he played at least 80 games while averaging a minimum of 34 minutes per contest.

Monta Ellis G IND 4 months ago

Dirk Nowitzki said Tuesday that he believes Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract, Earl Sneed of reports.

While Nowitzki admitted that he hasn't spoken to Ellis about the decision, he said he expects the guard to opt out in hopes of landing a longer-term deal. Ellis holds a $9 million player option for next season, and rumors have swirled for several months now suggesting Ellis will, indeed, decline the option. It's unclear whether Ellis will look to return to Dallas, but the Mavericks would likely welcome him back at the right price. The 29-year-old averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 assists and 2. 4 rebounds in 2014-15 while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor.

Monta Ellis G IND 5 months ago

Ellis finished his second season in Dallas leading the team in both scoring and assists with 18.9 points and 4.1 assists per game. He played in 80 regular season games and all five of Dallas' postseason contests.

Ellis has a player option for next season and will spend the next few weeks mulling over his decision. He resurrected his career in Dallas but could opt to look elsewhere in free agency. His final destination will determine his overall value for the 2015-16 season but he remains a streaky scorer who can fill a stat sheet.

Monta Ellis G IND 5 months ago

Ellis injured his knee late in the fourth quarter during Tuesday's loss to the Rockets and was seen with a severe limp heading into the locker room after the game, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Ellis went down with a knee injury earlier in the fourth, but quickly came back into the game. He then was knocked to the floor right at the end of the game and again had to leave. The severity of the injury is uncertain, but he'll now have plenty of time to get healthy after being eliminated from the playoffs. Ellis finished Tuesday's game with a team-high of 25 points (11-26 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), to go along with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and a blocked shot in 42 minutes.

Monta Ellis G IND 5 months ago

Ellis scored 31 points (13-21 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT) in Game 4 against the Rockets on Sunday to go along with six rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes.

Ellis is attempting over 21 shots per game this season, and was one of the main reasons the Mavericks were able to avoid being swept Sunday. In the four games of this series so far, Ellis is averaging 26.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.5 steals.

Monta Ellis G IND 5 months ago

Ellis posted 34 points, two rebounds, nine assists, and three steals in 39 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Rockets.

Ellis has been torching the Rockets in the series so far, scoring 16, 24, and 34 points over the first three games. Still, this hasn't been enough to rack up a win for the Mavericks, and he'll need to rely on his teammates to avoid getting swept for the series.

Monta Ellis G IND 5 months ago

Ellis scored a team-high 24 points Tuesday in a Game 2 loss to the Rockets. He shot just 8-of-23 from the field, including 2-of-8 from long-range.

Ellis has attempted 39 shots in the first two games of the series but is shooting jut 33 percent from the field. The Mavs will look to secure their first win in the series Friday when the teams face off in Dallas.

Monta Ellis G IND 6 months ago

Ellis will look to bounce back Tuesday after struggling in Game 1 of Dallas' first-round match-up with Houston. He connected on 5-of-16 attempts and finished with 16 points.

Ellis played a team-high 39 minutes in the loss but was unable to establish an offensive rhythm. He will have to play better if the Mavericks are to extend the series.