Monta Ellis will not be making a return to Northern California.
The former Golden State Warriors guard has agreed to terms with the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year deal worth $30 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Ellis, once a fan favorite in the Bay Area, had reported interest in signing with the Sacramento Kings and reuniting with Mike Malone, who was an assistant for the Warriors during Ellis’ last season with Golden State.
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.
However, recent reports indicated that the Kings and Ellis were not close on agreeing to terms, leaving the door open for other teams like the Mavericks to sign him.
It may be hard for Ellis to succeed with Dallas, where he will be depended upon to score and help out the aging Dirk Nowitzki. We know firsthand that a team cannot win with Ellis as their first option, as evidenced by his years as the star of the Warriors.
Ellis parted ways with the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this offseason, turning down a lucrative offer to become a free agent.
Now, he is a Maverick, and no matter where he goes, he will still get a rousing cheer whenever he plays at Oracle Arena.