Monta Ellis, Sacramento Kings Not Close To Deal

Feb 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) reacts during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 112-104. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Monta Ellis, Sacramento Kings

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