DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — When Monta Ellis returns for his second season in Dallas, his surrounding cast will look much different.
Most notably, the Mavericks added two key starters in small forward Chandler Parsons and center Tyson Chandler.
“I think it’s a great addition to the team,” said Ellis with the K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan on Monday. “I think we did a wonderful job on getting the right group of guys and the right team to get farther than we did last year. Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, and then getting Parsons was an A-plus for us.”
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Ellis believes that Chandler will help out greatly on the offensive end, setting solid ball screens and rolling to the basket. And defensively…
“The biggest thing is, he’s a great rebounder and an excellent shot-blocker,” said Ellis.
The second-year Mav calls Parsons a “younger Shawn Marion”, who has the ability to play at four positions.
“He can knock down shots and bring that young energy and talent to the team. Like I said, me attacking and those guys spacing and Tyson rolling, I think it’s going to help me a whole lot because defenses respect them and have to react.”
Ellis says he largely avoided the free agency circus, but did exchange texts with owner Mark Cuban from time-to-time.
The 10-year veteran could be a free agent himself next summer. Ellis has a player option for the 2015-16 season that will pay him $8.72 million.
But for Ellis, the upcoming season can’t start soon enough — and he expects big things from the revamped Dallas roster.
“If the season started today, I still think that we have the team ability and the right guys to make it as far as we want.”
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