Report: Hawks, Lakers, Mavs interested in Monta Ellis
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.reportedly had offered Ellis a two-year, $24 million extension
If Howard cannot achieve his top goal of playing with Chris Paul, teaming up with Ellis may become an option he would strongly consider.