After the Sacramento Kings offered but then quickly rescinded a contract to Andre Iguodala (who eventually signed with the Golden State Warriors), they have been in pursuit of a ‘big name’ free agent. One player who they’ve had their eyes on is former Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis, who reportedly was set to choose between the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings in the next few days.
Now, according to a report from RealGM, the Kings have leapfrogged both the Mavericks and Hawks and are leading the chase for the one time Golden State Warrior:
After an increasing belief the Chicago Bulls had been in position to acquire Monta Ellis, the Sacramento Kings have separated themselves as frontrunners to sign the free agent guard on a three-year contract, league sources told RealGM on Tuesday afternoon.
Ellis set up meetings with teams over the weekend and into the week, and he privately believed in recent days that joining the Bulls in a sign-and-trade between Chicago and the Milwaukee Bucks had been a growing possibility. Despite a hard push out of the Bulls, they ultimately couldn’t make the moves necessary to facilitate a potential sign and trade, a source said.