Monta Ellis' deadline to exercise his player option worth $8.3 million is Wednesday. He is expected to decline it, but should he pick it up and return to the Mavericks, they will look to trade him, according to ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon.
I'm hearing that Mavs are likely to try to move Monta Ellis in trade if he opts in for final season of contract before tomorrow's deadline.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 23, 2015
The whispers that the Mavericks are looking to cut their ties with Ellis continue to grow louder. Two weeks ago, it was reported that Dallas would not look to re-sign if he chooses to opt out of his current contract. Now it seems like an inevitability that Ellis will be wearing another jersey next season.
It's uncertain what the Mavs could get in return for Ellis at this time. However, conventional wisdom suggests that the team will pursue either a lengthy 3-and-D style shooting guard or a starting point guard. To be sure, if he were to opt in, he'd be very tradeable with one year left and a final year with value. Though mercurial, Ellis could prove to be a volume scorer at a bargain for a team willing to make deal.