Monta Ellis just really wanted to get out of Milwaukee.
After turning down a multi-year extension offer, Ellis put the cherry on top on Monday by opting out of his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ellis is now a free agent, and reports surfaced a few weeks ago saying that he may be interested in signing with the Sacramento Kings and reuniting with head coach Mike Malone. Malone, of course, was the lead assistant at Golden State for the last seasons, and coached Ellis for half of 2011 before the infamous trade went down.
Ellis “gained a great deal of respect for Malone’s basketball IQ, ability to teach, and…relating well with players,” according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears.
If the Kings sign Ellis, one has to imagine how he will work with DeMarcus Cousins, assuming the big man is back with the Kings next season. Neither Ellis nor Cousins have the best image and reputation in the league, and both have been known to be rather disruptive to their team in previous years.
The Kings are obviously in the rebuilding stage, so bringing in someone like Ellis will be a very big risk and a definite wild card. However, if it works out, a combo of Ellis and Cousins could be absolutely deadly.
Monta Ellis playing for the Sacramento Kings…trying telling that to a Warriors fan three years ago.