Just before the season started, when reports surfaced about forward Carmelo Anthony wanting out of Denver, Bay Area News Group reported that the Warriors were offering anyone but Curry to get Anthony. As early as October, rumors circulated about the Warriors dangling Ellis to try to get someone such as Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala or Atlanta's Josh Smith.
At this point, neither Iguodala nor Smith would be enough in return for Ellis. One source said the Warriors probably wouldn't part with Ellis even if it meant landing Anthony, who some consider a top-five player in the NBA.That "Carmelo isn't enough for Monta" statement is surprising at first glance, given that Ellis has never made an all star game while Anthony is a three-time all star and Olympic gold medalist. That said, you can see where the Warriors are coming from. In Anthony, you have a player who is near his peak and intent on winning big in the short term. In Ellis, you have a player who still has room to improve to reach his ceiling and who isn't married to an MTV veejay intent on big-market domination. For a smaller-market team on the rise like the Warriors, Ellis just fits better. Also, there's the matter of basketball fit with Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. Given the improvement he's shown from a play-making and offensive leadership perspective, Curry has the potential to be a perennial all-star, if he can limit his turnovers. His game is high-paced, instinctive and best for a motion offense. Ellis, who can score in a variety of ways and moves very well off the ball, is probably a better long-term pair for Curry than Anthony, who often finds himself in isolation or working out of the post. While Anthony is still a better overall player and has proven it during multiple deep playoff runs, a hot start from Ellis sure makes it seem like the gap between the two players isn't nearly as big as it seemed three or four months ago.