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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Termed a ‘longshot’ to come to Dallas two days ago, Monta Ellis is in the process of agreeing to a three-year Mavs deal, sources tell 105.3 The Fan.
Still being defined is the base salary and also the structure of the acquisition, which we’ll told could come in the form of a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee.
One report suggests Monta Ellis’s total salary could be $30 million. But the Dallas Mavericks presently have closer to $8 million available as his starting salary. More moves can be made to accommodate some more room for Ellis’ money – while hopefully still finding a way to squeeze free-agent center Samuel Dalembert on the roster as well.
Among those: A sign-and-trade with the Bucks – possibly involving Ellis-and-Dalembert in exchange for O.J. Mayo and pieces along the lines of Josh Akognon.
Dallas entered free agency hoping the market would dry up on a player of Ellis’ caliber, allowing the Mavs to get him at a bargain price (compared to the $12-million-a-year deal he turned down to stay with the Bucks). The goal was to acquire Ellis in the same manner with which they acquired Mayo a year ago – at half his original asking price. Mavs GM Donnie Nelson earlier this week termed the chances of such a get as a “longshot.”
Ellis, 27, is considered a “volume shooter’’ and an offensive weapon who at 6-3, could slide in at 2-guard and become Dallas’ No. 2 scorer. He averaged 19.2 points and 6 assists a game last year and while he records steals at a high number, is not considered an above-average defender. Ellis will join a crowded Dallas backcourt featuring veteran newcomers Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington along with rookies Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo and Gal Mekel.
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