Free agent guard Monta Ellis has struggled to find a deal to his liking this offseason, so much so that he fired his agent.
Now, just days after doing so, it appears Ellis and the Dallas Mavericks are nearing completion of three year contract worth $30 million dollars.
Per ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Monta Ellis and Mavericks closing in on a three-year deal that could rise to as much as $30 million. Deal on course to be completed today
Ellis had been drawing interest from the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings and the aforementioned Mavericks but just two days ago, Dallas general manager Donnie Nelson said they were no longer in the running for Ellis’ services.
That apparently changed – potentially due to Ellis’ agent swap.
If Ellis agrees to a contract, it would leave the Mavericks with little more than the $2.65 million dollar exception and would put a somewhat large dent into their cap number for 2014, something they’ve been attempting to avoid.
Update: Stein says the deal is complete.