Multiple team sources said Golden State is NOT interested in trading Monta Ellis to Orlando unless the trade would involve Dwight Howard.
Sources did confirm Orlando has expressed an interest in trying to acquire Ellis to pair with Howard, as ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported. Ellis was previously listed as someone Howard would like to play with. But the Warriors aren’t interested in any other player the Magic has to offer, especially not in exchange for Ellis.
Orlando could get a third team involved. But as one source said, “we’re not trading Monta unless we get something really good in return. It would probably have to be an All-Star or that caliber of a player.” The chances of Orlando finding a player from another team good enough for the Warriors to ship Ellis is extremely slim.
One of the sources said Orlando is simply doing its due diligence, weighing all its options. The teams are in on-going discussions and will be until the March 15 trade deadline. Golden State is trying to “stay in the game” in the Howard sweepstakes. But the Warriors’ interest is purely to acquire Howard. The feasibility of a Ellis trade to Orlando is remote at best without Howard involved.