UPDATE 12:57 PM CST
Per Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the San Antonio Spurs contacted free agent Monta Ellis when Free Agency began at midnight.
The Bulls, Spurs, Nuggets and Suns also are among the teams who expressed interest in Ellis as the free-agent negotiating period began Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET, league sources said.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears, the San Antonio Spurs could be a possible team that could take a look at Milwaukee Bucks free agent guard Monta Ellis.
A trio of contenders – the Lakers, Clippers and San Antonio Spurs – also could make a run at Ellis, but would need to work a sign-and-trade.
Ellis, who is a 27-year old unrestricted free agent, averaged 19.2 points, shot 42% from the field (29% from 3PT), averaged 5 free throw attempts per game, passed for 6 assists, had 2.1 steals, but turned the ball over 3.1 times per game in 82 games for the Bucks during the regular season.
Though Ellis is more a liability on the defensive side of the ball due to his 6'3" frame, he'd instantly give the Spurs another dominant offensive weapon in that he has the ability to run the pick-and-roll and either attack a defense, create for others, or he could create his own jumper.
he wouldn't do the spurs any favors unless he'd accept coming off the bench, plus i don't think the spurs can offer him the amount he thinks he's owed. i don't seem him as a ring chaser, just an attention chaser and that's something he won't get in san antonio
Why would he come off the bench anyway? No way in hell i'd start Danny Green over Monta Ellis. Move Danny to the bench.
@OneTheHardWay He would definitely come off the bench. The whole purpose of signing him would be to give us a bench scorer to lead our 2nd unit when Parker needs a rest. Taking Green out of the starting lineup would screw u our roatations. Green hits open 3's, which spreads the floor for our offense. Monta is a very poor 3-point shooter (shot 29% from 3 last season). He would kill the spacing. He needs to ball in his hands to score, which is why t'd make perfect sense for him to come off the bench and be the primary scorer.
With all that said, Monta Ellis isn't coming here. This is all just hearsay. Andrei Kirilenko now appears to be the Spurs top target.
I would love that signing. The Spurs need another ballhandler and scorer in the worst way. Manu's ball handling skills have fell off a cliff and someone has to take some pressure off Tony. Get rid of Neal and move Danny Green into his role and have him come off the bench, leave Manu as the 6th man and Monta could be the new starting 2 guard. Having a bonafide scorer such as Monta would take so much of the burden off Tony
He shoots a poor 3 point percentage but he's lethal from midrange and attacks the rim and finishes as good as anybody, people talk about his efficiency but he's shot 53% at one point in his career and had 3 seasons straight over 45% shooting. Tony plays off the ball a lot anyway so Monta's ability to handle the ball would be nice. It would be good to have a 2-guard who can actually dribble for a change
@OneTheHardWay Ellis is a weak defender and to have him and Paker on the floor at the same time would be a nightmare on defense in the playoffs. In regular season it would not hurt as bad.The best wing player for Spurs is Tyreke Evans. DWade can not post up Evans like he did Danny Green. Now that small ball is the main stay of the NBA, players that are versitale give you the most chance to win a NBA title.
I think that the Spurs are one of the few teams that would be able to utilize Ellis' skillset to the fullest, bring out his defense and passing and minimize his wild shooting. The team can make up for his deficiencies on D with Kawhi, Green and TD and he would certainly help managing TP's and Manu's minutes.
We need another creator from the bench, Neal and Manu will not cut it anymore. Its not ideal, but it is what is available, and if we could get him on a 3 year deal with a PO on the second and a TO on the third on a manageable salary (not close to max) then it is a good option.
Its all about the money and in an ideal world, Tyreke Evans is the best player to sign. Ellis is a volume shooter, he likes to have the ball and Spurs want change that. Anything over 5M -7M is what Ellis is worth.
Now look at Tyreke Evans stats, they are very similar to Manu's they do the same thing.
wow, for all the "spurs type player" talk with every free agent signing and draft pick, this is a shock, monte is NOT a spurs type player!
Monta Ellis is a scorer and a shot creator, both things that the Spurs need right now. But, he's also as chucker and ball hog. He needs the ball in his hands to succeed. He takes a ton of shots. Doesn't really fit our offense scheme of bal movement very well.
Also, he's a POOR 3-point shooter. He shot 29% from 3 this season, on 94-328 shooting.. That's terrible. He's a career 31% 3-point shooter. A lot of this has to do with the fact that he shoots a lot of bad, contested shots, and a lot of it has to with the fact that he's just not a good shooter from beyond the arch.
He's likely going to command $9+ million per, which is more than we can afford once we re-sign Splitter and Manu. And we will re-sign both of them. We just can't afford Monta. I really don't think we sign him.
This makes a lot of sense Monta Ellis gives this team a scoring threat that can create shots for himself as well as other people....yes we will be lacking defense but we have Danny Green, Kahwi Leonard and others to pick up the slack on defense. You can't overlook the benefit of having a guy like Monta Ellis on your team can you image if we resigned Manu, Splitter, and Neal and Ellis ( if he wants to take a paycut to come here).
The Spurs would not only be a deadly team but that will also be a young team and the new Big Three would be Leonard, Parker, Ellis (6th man) then have Duncan, Manu, Green and Neal to deal with......dam that would be a scary team....
DeQuan Jones cheap, upside, defense, solid jumper take a look @ himhttp://youtu.be/evbZ6rzWZ0A
Another under the radar move could be looking at a Gerald Henderson he's a nice finisher but needs consistancy in his 3pt jumper as well.
one thing is for sure, if spurs are serius about getting back to the finals we need a impact free agent. no more signing role players like j.j redick or kyle korver or free agents like that. the spurs need a bonafide impact player like a paul millsap, al jefferson, josh smith or a tyreke evans or even an oj mayo. we need a guard/small forward that can create his own shot and create for others. we also need a big that can rebound, defend and make the midrange jumpshot. spurs please do not bring manu, neal and tiago all back. DO NOT STAND PAT. only bring manu back. let one dimensional neal go somewhere else and send mr softie who cant finish like a true big man back to brazil, tiago sucks
i wouldnt mind it, spurs need another playmaker, BUT i would rather have tyreke evans. hes a SG who could start and play defense with tp. ellis and tp cant play together so that wouldnt work.
@zerospurs Tyreke would be a huge pickup but it looks like he's either going to be a Pelican (they're willing to offer him $9-10 million p/year according to reports), or he'll stay in Sacramento. He said his first choice is to stay there. He just bought a new house there last month. And we couldn't afford him anyways cause we're going to bring back Manu and Splitter. We'll only be able to afford a cheap FA once we re-sign both of them.
@zerospursI want Tyreke Evans too! Ginobili 2.0 though his stroke needs to be more consistant from 3pt land, I like him more because of his size and ability off the dribble getting into the teeth of opposing defenses.