Report: Ellis discussing deal with Kings
Monta Ellis has averaged 19.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game over eight seasons. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
The Sacramento Kings are reportedly pursuing another person with past ties to the Golden State Warriors.
Former Warriors and current free agent Monta Ellis has had discussions with the Kings about joining the team, according to CBS Sports.
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Ellis opted-out of the final year of his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks in order to sign a long-term deal elsewhere. He was slated to make $11 million in the final year of the six-year deal he originally signed with the Warriors in 2008.
According to the report, Ellis could be looking for a deal with an average annual salary of $12 million. In order to fit such a salary onto their payroll, the Kings would likely have to move Chuck Hayes and Jimmer Fredette.
If Ellis were to sign with the Kings, he'd join a lengthy list of former Warriors to relocate to Sacramento this offseason.
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First, former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive led the group that bought the Kings and kept them in Sacramento. Then Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone was hired as the new head coach. Next, former Warriors Director of Basketball Operations Pete D'Alessandro was brought in as the new general manager. Over the weekend, Carl Landry reportedly decided to return to Sacramento after spending the 2012-13 season with the Warriors.