Report: Monta Ellis, Mavericks close to deal

Report: Monta Ellis, Mavericks close to deal
July 12, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Monta Ellis will reportedly join Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year deal. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Monta Ellis is reportedly coming back to the Western Conference.

The former Warrior is closing in on a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN.

If the deal is finalized, Ellis will make less in this deal than he would have had he accepted a contract extension offered to him by his previous team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

In early June, the Bucks offered Ellis a two-year extension that would have kept him in Milwaukee for the next three seasons and paid him $35.8 million over the duration of the contract.

Instead, Ellis rejected the offer and then opted-out of the final year of his deal with the Bucks just 10 days later.

Ellis started all 82 games for the Bucks in 2012-13 and averaged 19.2 points, six assists and 3.9 robounds per game.