The Sacramento Kings have reportedly been one of the candidates to come out on top in the Monta Ellis sweepstakes (can we even call it that?), but the player and the team seem to be far from reaching an agreement. The two parties have indeed met, but nothing seems to have progressed much beyond that.
Re: Monta Ellis. Yes both sides talked, but never escalated to point where Ellis was close to coming to Sacramento.
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 11, 2013
The Kings would likely have to shed some salary in order to have enough cap space to sign Ellis, and one of the players that would most likely have to be moved is Jimmer Fredette. Sacramento actually hoped they could push Fredette and Chuck Hayes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Cavs had no intentions of taking on Hayes’ contract and instead signed Andrew Bynum.
Several other teams are interested in Ellis, with the Atlanta Hawks being one of them. However, the Hawks now face the tough decision of whether or not to match the offer sheet that Jeff Teague has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hawks were also reportedly interested in Brandon Jennings, and it’s pretty obvious that the dysfunctional backcourt of Jennings and Ellis is unlikely to reunite.