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Monta Ellis Won’t Go Dwight Howard and Demand a Trade; But He is No Doubt Ready to Win

The annual tradition was delayed a bit thanks to the lockout. But, as usual, the trade deadline is near and Warriors guard Monta Ellis’ name is out there.

One thing was obvious, as Ellis talked after Tuesday’s shootaround inSacramento, it’s a song he’s pretty tired of hearing.

Yet, Ellis said he is unwilling to copy Howard, Chris Paul’s and Carmelo Anthony’s power move – demanding a trade to get to a desired location. Ellis said his preference is for the Warriors to become that desired location. But he was not opposed to the possibility of moving on.

“I have faith, plus I’m a loyal guy,” Ellis said. “That’s just not me. It’s just I’m different. My situation is different. I was a second-round pick. I started off making a few hundred thousand (dollars). To be where I am now, I’m grateful.”

Ellis said he doesn’t pay attention to trade rumors and speculation, dropping his trademark “it is what it is” line when asked. But you get the sense he hears enough for it to get on his nerves a bit.

He said he doesn’t look at being a wanted commodity as an accomplishment because, “I know where I stand.” He seems genuinely unmoved by his rising stature, no doubt aided by center Dwight Howard naming Ellis on his short list of Robins.

But as much as he may brush it off, the options floating out there has to sound enticing. Ellis is in his seventh year, he’s scored more than 8,000 points and for the last two-plus years has been the franchise player. Certainly, the opportunity to play for a contender has to be appealing.

“I probably could go to Orlando or Chicago and get a championship,” Ellis said. “But if they don’t move me, what can I do? Hopefully — if they don’t move me – they get somebody in here so we can win and I don’t have to go through this every year.”

It is perhaps not hard to imagine what it must be like for Ellis. Having his friends call him about being offered up for Paul. Constantly seeing on television his name being linked with Orlando. Hearing through the grapevine Chicago – one of the league’s best teams – might be interested in having him fill its shooting guard hole.

Perhaps even worse, though, is continuously being so valuable to the Warriors they won’t move him, yet the franchise keeps failing to surround him with the players he needs to become a contender.

Ellis said he isn’t down on the Warriors. As he has all season, he expressed some pleasure with the direction of the franchise. But Ellis did not shy away from his desire to win. Now.

“I think we’ve had a bit a slippage this year,” Ellis said. “It wasn’t fun. But we still have talent and we can make a push for the playoffs.”

An interesting tidbit provides another twist to this annual tradition. Ellis has two years left on his contract, totaling $22 million. But Ellis has an opt-out after next season.

That means two things: a) Ellis could have one year left after this year, which would puts him in the exact same situation as Paul and Howard are this year; b) Ellis can sign a contract extension this coming offseason.

So, Mr. Ellis, will you be using that opt-out to become a free agent after next season?

“We’ll see,” Ellis said, smiling.

Will you be seeking an extension this offseason?

“I’ll play it by ear.”

Marcus Thompson

  • Ron Seikley

    Adios Monta, one way or another. He deserves too win, dude has been loyal. it wont be with GS though, lacob needs to trade him.

  • cadan

    So, Mr. Ellis, will you be using that opt-out to become a free agent after next season?

    “Hell Yeah this place is a joke,” Ellis said, smiling.

    Will you be seeking an extension this offseason?

    “Not a chance, east coast here I come.”

  • J Canseco

    The dude has his faults but he plays hard every night, and has mostly kept his mouth shut about the inept, bumbling keystone cops allegedly running the franchise. I hope for his sake he lands on a real team one day.

  • Baron Davis

    guess he won’t always be a Warriors.

  • Donald Royal

    The front office has no clear long term plan. It sucks being a Warrior fan.

    They should trade Ellis. Aside from pouting a couple of times a year. He clearly busts his ass on the court each and every night. He deserves to be on a better team.

  • Max

    Finding another guard as skilled, fun to watch, and loyal as Monta Ellis is going to be impossible. When and if he ACTUALLY gets some help the trade Monta folks will see this.

  • Grey Warden

    lol @ #2 Cadan. That was pretty funny :D

    Well at least Ellis has been loyal, kinda like Steve Nash is. Play out your contract, then decide where you want to go. Can’t stand the whiny players who demand trades (Stephen Jackson, I’m talking about you).

  • Warren Bobcat

    Yea you gotta love Monta for always playing hard and for being humble and loyal to the Warriors. I guess after his Moped incident, he could have been cut and his contract voided which could have led him to a downward spiral (or not) but the Warriors kept the faith in him. Different regime but still the team and city. He’s at his peak now, but i’d like to see him stay and win (with the Ws picking up a Center somehow). If he wins somewhere else, i’ll be happy for him.

  • Stan

    HE’S been loyal??? I thought the Warriors were the loyal ones to a fault..built a team around a guy who tore up his leg on a mo -ped,then lied to cover it up to keep his contract money. And-what did Warrior management do when the married Monta tried to make a unwilling GF of a Warrior employee?..she was fired. Monta AGAIN was protected.
    Monta just scores..scoring is fun. Rebounding,hard defense..passing is work. Monta doesnt like that. And like he once said “I WONT DO THAT,you cant make me”.

    Its all sickening..and rich owners just sucking up to rich athletes and fans who forget all.

  • Grey Warden

    Yes, he’s been loyal. Has he once asked to be traded yet?

  • Grey Warden

    And please don’t go and quote Kawakami’s “sources” in his recent blog as evidence to him demanding a trade.

  • eminem

    Stan Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    HE’S been loyal??? I thought the Warriors were the loyal ones to a fault..built a team around a guy who tore up his leg on a mo -ped,then lied to cover it up to keep his contract money. And-what did Warrior management do when the married Monta tried to make a unwilling GF of a Warrior employee?..she was fired. Monta AGAIN was protected.
    Monta just scores..scoring is fun. Rebounding,hard defense..passing is work. Monta doesnt like that. And like he once said “I WONT DO THAT,you cant make me”.

    Its all sickening..and rich owners just sucking up to rich athletes and fans who forget all.
    ******************************************************************************
    stan, why r u so mad?
    try to understand
    that he do want u as a fan
    i just dont want to read your crazy $h1t
    i seen this one $h1t on the news
    acouple of weeks ago that made me sick

    some dude was drunk and was trolling under a bridge
    he had his head in his butt
    and spewing internet hate on the franchise kid

  • Thunder’s Ghost

    Loyal or not get him out of here!

    He missed a season of basketball after crashing his mo-ped and now has off the court issues.

    He’s the best player on a last place team — nothing more.

    Send him Bumdrins an Wright packing. Their crappy play is the main reason we suck.

  • John Starks

    Somebody please get this man some help on the floor.

    We’re going to look like major assholes (again) if Monta slips away before we could do anything good with him. I promise he’ll go somewhere else and be a major factor.

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  • Stan

    MONTA TRADED TO BUCKS..Udoh too. For whatshisname.

  • Stan

    Beidrens says ” A trade might be good for him also”..yeah trade him to the Likens…

  • PhillyJ

    Great trade by the Warriors. Bogut is a dominant center and will give us the low post presence we need………….next year. I think he is done for this season.

    Just tank the rest of the season, pull out Curry, and play all the rookies. Get a top 7 pick and rebuild.

  • Stan

    Yep…this year was just going to go like the last 21 of 22. NOW..some hope..time to get the Klays experience in this short season. Suck for Seven!

  • rockridge

    YES!!!

    TANK.

    Time build a plan and identity for the future.

    Its a new day Dubs fans…

    Suck for Seven!

  • Derek

    Trade your best player, best defender and an 7m dollar expiring contract, for a often injured slow unathletic big man and cancer Jackson, how stupid could Riley be.

    Lacob as well as he had to be dumb enough to approve the trade. Warriors management is nothing more than a group of overmatched imbeciles.

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