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Friday July 12th, 2013

Monta Ellis is close to signing a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images) Monta Ellis is close to signing a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks agreed to a three-year deal that could be worth as much as $30 million with free-agent guard Monta Ellis, reports ESPN.com.

Ellis opted out of the final year of his six-year, $66 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks to seek a higher contract elsewhere, but so far, Ellis hadn't received the kind of money he thinks he deserves and fired his agent because of it.

The former Most Improved Player of the Year from 2007 turned down a contract extension with the Bucks that would’ve paid him $36 million over three years.

MAHONEY: Examining minor moves of free agency Ellis, 27, averaged 19.2 points and six assists for Milwaukee last season and was reportedly being sought out by several teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats.

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