NBA Report: Monta Ellis Opting Out of Mavericks Contract, Pacers & Heat Reportedly Interested

There was a report that the Dallas Mavericks will explore trade options if Monta Ellis opts in to the $8.72 million player option on his contract.  Ellis has since decided to opt out and become a free agent and is already receiving some interest.

NBA Report: Monta Ellis Will Opt Out of Contract With Mavericks

Monta Ellis has been playing pretty well with the Dallas Mavericks but he’s coming up on the final year of his contract and both he and the team have some decisions to make.

(Video) NBA: Monta Ellis Hits Crazy Buzzer-beating Game Winner But Did He Travel?!

Monta Ellis has certainly looked like a much better player since he joined the Dallas Mavericks.  In fact, it’s the second game in a row where Ellis helped the Mavericks win.  During the game against the Bulls, Ellis forced a foolish foul on Kirk Hinrich then hit three free throws to send the game to overtime where the Mavericks eventually won.  Last night however was much more dramatic as Monta Ellis hits crazy buzzer-beating game winner.

(Video) NBA: Dirk Nowitzki Says Kirk Hinrich’s Late Game Foul ‘One of the Dumber’ He’s Seen in 17 Years

The Mavericks won a 132-129 double-overtime thriller in Chicago on Tuesday, but the Bulls probably feel like they should have won it in regulation.  Leading by three, Kirk Hinrich fouled Monta Ellis behind the three-point line with 1.2 seconds remaining. It’s the smart play, allowing two free throws instead of a potentially game-tying shot — provided the foul is committed on the floor before a shot can be attempted.  Hinrich waited too long, however, and Ellis was able to get into his shooting motion as he was fouled. The result was three free throws, and Ellis sank them all to force the first of two overtime sessions.

(Video) NBA: Dallas Mavericks Dress As Run DMC With Dirk Nowitzki & More Rapping!

Dirk, Monta & Chandler are the new Run DMC as far as the Mavericks are concerned. The trio linked up to record a funny video in time for Halloween. Anytime Dirk Nowitzki is going to rap with his german accent you know this is gonna turn out good!

(Video) NBA: Pregame Trick Shots with Monta Ellis

Check out Monta Ellis practicing his H-O-R-S-E shots pregame in Oakland.

(Video) NBA: Adorable! Monta Ellis’ Son Wins Jumbotron Dance Contest at Mavs/Pelicans Game

He’s go moves just like daddy!  This is just so cute! Monta Ellis’ son won a jumbotron dance contest during the Mavs/Pelicans game. Check it out…

NBA: Monta Ellis Says He Doesn’t Have to Do as Much on the Dallas Mavericks

Monta Ellis revealed he was unhappy playing with the Milwaukee Bucks and during free agency he chose to go with the Dallas Mavericks.  Apparently he thinks there’s less required of him on this team.  Read more after the jump.

NBA: Monta Ellis Signs 3 Year Deal With Mavericks, Could Be for $30 Million!

Earlier this week, Monta Ellis narrowed his list of teams he might play with down to 4. Now it is only one. The Dallas Mavericks signed Ellis today to a 3 year contract that will be worth between $25-$30 million. He was definitely one of the best guards available through free agency. Many teams would of loved to get him, but he wanted some major money. The Mavs hope he will be able to help Dirk out with some scoring, but he has never been known for his defense and he takes alot of bad shots. Still, on any night he is capable of dropping 25-30 points. The Mavs needed someone after striking out on getting Dwight Howard.

NBA: Monta Ellis Narrows His List To Four Teams

The free agency frenzy is starting to slow down and Monta Ellis is one of the premier free agents remaining on the market.  So where could he be headed?  He’s narrowed his list to 4 teams. Check out who they are & let us know where you think he should land…

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