The Dallas Mavericks had an amazing offseason and some might say they actually had the best additions in the NBA, excluding the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Of course, put out one fire and another sparks up. That’s what the Dallas Mavericks could be dealing with as there have been suggestions hinting that guard Monta Ellis could opt-out of his contract at the end of the upcoming season.
Ellis seems to love playing for the Dallas Mavericks so opting out wouldn’t be a notion that he’s not interested in playing for Big D, but rather looking for a more financially secure deal. However, after committing to both Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons, will the deep pockets of Mark Cuban be able to afford Monta Ellis? More than that, will they want to given his decencies? It’s a question RealGM’s Jonathan Tjarks asks in his most recent column.
Dallas is committed to Parsons and Dirk for the next three years, but Monta has a player option in his contract and could hit free agency next summer. At 29, he would be looking for one last long-term deal, which would lock the Mavs into a core with a number of defensive issues. From there, it’s hard to see the guard who makes Monta-Parsons-Dirk work. That’s what it comes down too when trying to build an elite team – what a guy can’t do is as important as what he can.
Monta Ellis is set to make $8.3 million dollars for the upcoming season and holds a player option worth $8.7 million dollars next year. That’s fair value for Ellis, but considering a player like Jodie Meeks is making $6.5 million a year, you have to think Ellis will be looking to cash in.