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    Post Yahoo!:Kings hire Mike Malone and want to reunite Ellis with Malone.

    The Sacramento Kings' decision to hire Michael Malone as their next head coach should improve their chances of signing guard Monta Ellis in free agency, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

    Monta Ellis can opt out of his contract this summer. (USA Today)Ellis plans to opt out of the $11 million final year of his contract with the Bucks to become a free agent this summer, the source said. Ellis became acquainted with Malone, an assistant on Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors' staff, during his last season in Golden State before he was traded to Milwaukee. During that brief time, Ellis quickly gained a great deal of respect for Malone's basketball IQ and his ability to teach and relate to players.

    The Kings were recently purchased by an ownership group led by former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive. Ellis averaged 19.2 points and six assists last season for the Bucks and averaged more than 20 points in each of his last three seasons with the Warriors.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--ki...055155084.html

    Meh. Now we either over pay Ellis or back peddle and keep Jennings. Mehhh Kings are at $42M before any options of RFA's. If they pry away Ellis would could get Tyreke.

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    We cannot overpay Monta Ellis.
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    Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis must decide by June 20 whether to exercise his early-termination option and opt out of his $11 million salary for the 2013-14 NBA season, and the latest report from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reinforces the basic message sent in previous rumors from October and April: Ellis "plans to opt out" and become a free agent this summer. This isn't merely a reproduction of previous reports, however, as there's a new angle that may shed light on what Ellis would do when he starts searching for a new deal.

    A decision by Ellis to opt out and hit the open market wouldn't necessarily be an indictment of his time with Milwaukee. At age 27, it's probably a good idea for a guard who relies heavily on his athleticism to shop for a new deal with more guaranteed money and try to shift the risk of injury to a team. Therefore, the assumption has always been that if the Bucks are still interested in tossing more money into the Monta Pit, he'd listen and make a return to Milwaukee if they presented the top offer. Here's the thing: the Bucks don't have Mike Malone.



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    Spears notes that Ellis "quickly gained a great deal of respect for Malone's basketball IQ and his ability to teach and relate to players" during the final season Monta spent with the Golden State Warriors. Now that Malone has been hired as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, their chances of signing Ellis in free agency have reportedly improved.

    The fit in Sacramento isn't really ideal for Ellis at the moment. He struggled to score efficiently playing next to Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings during his time in Milwaukee -- he posted his lowest true shooting percentage (49.3 percent) since his rookie season (48.6) in 2012-13 -- and often functioned better when taking on point guard responsibilities in the offense. The Kings have an even smaller player they like at point guard (Isaiah Thomas), and they will also have the right to match offers for restricted free agent Tyreke Evans this summer. However, if Malone thinks he knows how to unlock Monta's potential, the dynamic guard could still find his way to Sacramento.

    Ellis has three weeks to officially exercise that early termination option, and at this point, all signs suggest he is ready to do so and become a free agent.
    http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/5/3...t-out-contract

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    That's promising. I really don't think Jennings returns, and if Ellis gets a decent sized offer i'm sure he's gone. That's about the best case scenario.

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    "pete d'alessandro will be introduced as the sacramento kings new general manager monday and another front office hire could be announced soon.

    According to the sacramento bee, kings's majority owner vivek ranadive offered chris mullin a job as a consultant and he's likely to accept it. Mullin, who was the golden state warriors general manager from 2004 to 2009, had been in the mix for sacramento's general manager position.

    D'alessandro worked with mullin in godlen state (2004-2008) prior to taking the vice president of basketball operations job with the denver nuggets, so it's not a surprise that mullin was offered a position with the team.

    The newspaper speculates that monta ellis could be headed to sacramento via free agency since he was drafted in 2005 when mullin and d'alessandro were in charge of the warriors."
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    With the Kings drafting McLemore. They still going after Ellis come July 1?

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    I wonder if this makes it easier to try to sign Tyreke, or does it just load the Kings backcourt, but they are still OK.

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    Well Ellis opted out and didn't accept the extension either. Either he wants out bad or wants a 4 year deal.

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