Monta Ellis was one of the more popular names in the trade rumor mill, but ended up staying with the Milwaukee Bucks past the Feb. 21 trade deadline. He has a player option in his contract for next season and it is very likely that he will not be exercising that option.
Most people around the NBA expect Ellis to leave that final $11 million of his contract on the table to test free agency, and there’s no guarantee he’ll re-sign with Milwaukee. Some league sources believe Ellis wants to join a contender this summer.
Ellis was traded to the Bucks last season, as part of a deal which sent Andrew Bogut to the Golden State Warriors. While Ellis has put up some big scoring numbers in his career, he has only had the pleasure to experience NBA postseason once in his 9-year long career.
Milwuakee will most likely make it to the playoffs this year, but the team is not geared for a deep run and will most likely be looking at a first round exit. It definitely makes sense that Ellis wants to take a look at what’s around this summer, and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he left his $11 million option on the table.
One thing that is certain is that the Bucks could be in for a major shake up this summer. Not only does Ellis have the option to terminate his contract, but Brandon Jennings will be a restricted free agent and the newest acquisition J.J. Redick will also be free to walk if he so pleases.
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