The decision by Monta Ellis to opt out of the remaining year of his Milwaukee Bucks contract -- worth $11 million -- has sparked reports of which NBA teams are likely to line up for his services in the 2013-14 season.
ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reports the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers have interest in the eighth-year guard.
While the Hawks and Mavericks have the necessary salary cap room to pursue Ellis if they desire, the cap-strapped Lakers would have to acquire him via a sign-and-trade deal. Ellis' reported desire to play with the Lakers' top free agent could make that unlikely scenario more likely.
Ellis, who originally signed a six-year, $66 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, is close with Lakers free agent Dwight Howard. The two have long desired to play together.
If Howard cannot achieve his top goal of playing with Chris Paul, teaming up with Ellis may become an option he would strongly consider.
MANNIX: Poor play from Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole has pushed Heat to brink The Bucks reportedly had offered Ellis a two-year, $24 million extension earlier this month, contingent on him not opting out of the final season of his contract. He led the Bucks with 19.2 points per game in the regular season.