If the Monta Ellis wound up with the Sacramento Kings, the 2013-2014 season will be an extremely interesting one to watch.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Kings are interested in signing Ellis, who turned down a two-year, $24 million contract extension from the Milwaukee Bucks and became a free agent.
The Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks are said to be the favorites for Ellis, but according to Stein, there is a scenario where the Hawks trade for Brandon Jennings and Ellis heads to the Kings.
It has been reported for a while that Ellis is intrigued by the possibility of joining the Kings and reuniting with Mike Malone, and now it looks as if the interest is mutual.
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. 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.