Well what’d you know. Trade deadline is right around the corner. Literally, right around the corner. And surprise, surprise, guess who is on the trading block for the Warriors? No guesses? Ok let me tell you. If the title didn’t give you a hint, then you aren’t a Warriors fan or even a NBA fan. Monta Ellis had been rumored to go places for the last three, four years. And each year the deadline comes and goes without much fanfare for the Warriors. But I think with Mark Jackson at the helm and the failed experiment of having Ellis and Stephen Curry as a very, very small back court, this year maybe the year that the rumors do come true. ESPN has some great articles on why or why not Ellis will be moved. I will be linking it down below.
But let’s talk logistics with Ellis. He’s for sure a scorer. The guy can put the ball in the hoop. There isn’t any question about that. And he can do it in a variety of ways. By far his favorite is finish by the rim, but he can also hit threes (an ok 33% career three point shooter), he hits 47% from the field for his career while he has averaged 19 points for his career. The numbers are pretty decent and should attract some suitors. But is his lack of effort or willingness on defense worth the risk?
And there is some debate on his offense. While he generate scoring and he is willing to pass (he has a career of 4.4 apg) he needs the ball in his hands a lot of time. Will he be able to defer to his other teammates? Another star?
Rumor had been flying that Orlando had poked around with the idea of trading for Ellis to keep Dwight Howard entertained as a Magic. The Warriors were not going to trade Ellis to the Magic without Dwight coming over to the Bay. But if they can get another team(s) to join the chatter, it may be a possibility that Ellis could be heading to the Magic.
The Warriors are looking to get a big man in the meantime, even if that means trading Ellis. But in all honesty, because the big man is so rare these days, I find it very hard to get a big man for a small man, even if that small man is Ellis. He doesn’t equal to a championship team, but he can certainly help a team. But what big man are you willing to trade for Ellis? The only one I can really think about is Dwight Howard. Brook Lopez of the New Jersey Nets seems to be constantly injured and while he would certainly be an upgrade over Andris Beidriens and Ukpe Udoh, is he the answer the Warriors need?
Nevertheless, be prepared for Ellis not to wear a Warriors jersey for very long.