Tag:Monta Ellis
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Report: The Warriors have spoken to everyone

By Matt Moore

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors have spoken with about half the league regarding trades to be made at the deadline. It's a pretty leaky faucet the Warriors have somewhere. Among the remarks, the Chronicle reports the Warriors spoke with the Hawks about trading for their All-Star, Joe Johnson
Atlanta: The Warriors think they could get Joe Johnson but feel he's a more expensive and possibly inferior player to Monta Ellis. They'd like Josh Smith, but they haven't found the Hawks willing to part with the forward.
via Considering the Warriors' trade possibilities.

This is the first time a substnative rumor regarding the Hawks being open to Johnson has surfaced. Johnson is in the second year of a six-year max deal which was panned by essentially everyone at the time. Johnson is a six-time All-Star, but his field goal percentage has dropped to 42 percent this season along with his assists and asssist rates, as well as his rebound rates.

But there's a hitch here. While Ellis is only shooting a better and is a much better assist creator, Johnson is a far superior defensive player. With Mark Jackson's committment to improving defense on the Warriors, Johnson might be a better fit as the primary scoring weapon for the Warriors in a volume shooting capacity. The Hawks, on the other hand would be be getting a gift if the Warriors took Johnson. It clears their books, gives them an offensive threat to respond with and possibly move again. 

Johnson is the star of the franchise, but Al Horford was also given a huge extension last year and something has to be figured out with Josh Smith as well as Jeff Teague

The Hawks will likely make the asking price too high, but it's interesting the Warriors have gone down that path at all.  
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:50 am
Edited on: March 1, 2012 11:16 am
 

Report: Magic 'reach out' for Monta Ellis

Monta Howard is rumored to be targeted by the Magic. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

ESPN reports that the Magic are not only trying to keep Dwight Howard with this Magic team, they're trying to improve the one they have. 
The Orlando Magic have reached out to the Golden State Warriors about trading for Monta Ellis, according to league sources.No deal is imminent, but Orlando is trying to add Ellis to its roster in hopes of appeasing Dwight Howard. Rather than aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard before the March 15 deadline, the Magic are desperately seeking a move that will convince Howard he can stay in Orlando.
via Source -- Orlando Magic reach out to Golden State Warriors about Monta Ellis trade - ESPN.

ESPN notes that the Warriors are essentially "meh" on the idea, so Orlando's having to pull in a third team. That's the theme of this year, really. The Magic have laden themselves with such terrible contracts they only have Ryan Anderson to move in a potentially big deal, but he's not a star, isn't a veteran, and if they lose Howard, they desperately need to keep him. So they not only have to find a third team, but they have to find a third team interested in the poor trade pieces they have, whether it's Glen Davis, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and his monster contract, or Jameer Nelson.

That won't be easy.

Ellis and Howard would be a great fit, though. Ellis can create off the dribble and score in bunches, which would make life easier for Howard. He's a remarkably good post-up guard, and can create some assists in the right situation. Defense is always the question, but Stan Van Gundy could probably work some magic there like he has with so many. But is Ellis enough to get Howard to stay? That's always the question and the more desperate Orlando becomes to keep Howard, the worse their odds become, you would think.
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

The Warriors reportedly continue to pursue Dwight Howard. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The Warriors, reportedly, are not messing around.

Golden State has long been rumored to be chasing Dwight Howard, despite his exclusion of the Warriors from his team of preferred trade destinations (read: places he will consider re-signing with). What's more, Golden State has been rumored to be interested in trading for Howard without assurances he'll stay. That's the ultimate Russian Roulette gamble. If you miss out with convincing Howard, you will have traded everything you have and have nothing to show for it. Talks had died down in the din of Nets chatter that continues. But a report today from NBA.com says that the Warriors aren't done chasing the rabbit down the hole.

From Scott Howard Cooper of NBA.com on Twitter:
Warriors continuing push for Dwight Howard deal even without DH commitment to re-signing. Not backing off from risky move, source says.
via Twitter / @SHowardCooper: Warriors continuing push f ....
Biedrins has zero trade value, so GSW offer has to be 3-4 key pieces. Imagine moving Monta, Klay, others and DH walks. But Dubs staying in.
via Twitter / @SHowardCooper: Biedrins has zero trade va ....

Monta Ellis is a very good player, if not a "star" or "superstar." Klay Thompson looks to be a great rookie. They have Ekpe Udoh as a talented young big man along with Biedrins' expiring contract. The Magic have reportedly wanted to stay in the playoff hunt, which means they want talented veterans, though,and outside of Ellis, the Warriors are short on that. That's what makes the Magic request so baffling, that they wouldn't be trying to work away to get Stephen Curry, draft picks, and Udoh out of Golden State. 

And all of this for a situation in which Howard could vanish outright. It's a monstrous gamble. But let's look at the best-case, worst-case scenario here.

Best-case: Howard and Ellis/Curry click. Howard finally has a co-star worthy of his stature while he's also clearly the alpha dog. The Bay Area market allows for him to cash in on endorsements and media opportunities, while enjoying the California weather, even if it's a bit colder and ranier than southern California. Mark Jackson gets the defensive rock he covets, ownership gets a star to build everything around. Shooters plus creator plus Dwight = success. They hold his bird rights which means Howard has to walk away from the $30-million-plus afforded him in re-signing with his current team in free agency. That's a big stone to hold. 

Worst-case: Howard leaves, and the gap from the assets traded for him creates an unbalanced roster full of misfits who have to be traded off. Meanwhile, the organization clears over $15 million in cap space and has the ability to clean house on a team that has been fundamentally flawed for the past decade, cycling in the same style of players. A clean slate erupts, with the worst part being a potentially unhappy Curry/Ellis but the Warriors now have unlimited flexibility to retool their roster.

Is drastic change that bad of a worst-case scenario? If Howard and Ellis/Curry works, he could very well stay, and that's great. If it doesn't, he leaves anyway and the Warriors start over again which they've needed to do forever, and that's great. It would look bad, and would create a painful rebuilding process. But if you want to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs. A move like this would prove the new ownership really is the kind of bold leadership they say they are, unwilling to stand on the sidelines while other teams make the franchise-changing moves.

It's just a question of how brave are they, and if Orlando will finally bite the bullet for their offer.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:26 am
 

Report: Warriors demanding star for Ellis

The Warriors want a star for Monta Ellis. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

It just wouldn't be the All-Star break without incessant trade rumors about Monta Ellis and the Warriors over-valuing him. This year's starter is from the San Jose Mercury News and Tim Kawakami who says that the going price for Ellis hasn't changed, while providing the background for a trade that was discussed last year. Kawakami outlines a deal which would have sent Michael Beasley and Nikolai Pekovic in return for Ellis. The Warriors turned it down, Pekovic was largely irrelevant last year, but has become a monster in Rick Adelman's system, averaging 18.4 points and 11 rebounds per 36 minutes. The lessons, Kawakami says are: 
* The Warriors, as has been their stance for years, want a star in return for Ellis, who they consider a premium value because of his rare scoring ability and the dearth of scoring shooting guards in the league.

They don’t want to move Ellis just for cap relief. They are quite insistent on that, I’ve heard.

* But they have not yet been offered anything close to what they consider equal value–if Michael Beasley is the best player discussed in a casual offer, that’s not a big offer.

* You never know what you might get as a throw-in, however, since Pekovic suddenly has become much more valuable than Beasley, almost overnight.
via If the Warriors shop Monta Ellis: One example of what they’ve been offered recently | Talking Points.

That's the biggest reason Ellis hasn't been moved yet. He's too good not to get great return on, but not good enough to have teams clamoring for him to come in and dramatically change their offense. He's a player that as a third option would be monstrous, an absolute killer, and as a second option would be very, very good. But the market for stars is tight right now in the NBA. 

The most likely scenario involves Ellis staying through the deadline. There are teams interested in unloading stars, but would the Warriors' management want to part with Ellis for any of the Boston Big 3? Would they consider Josh Smith a star? Targeting Ellis' value is impossible, and until a major shift happens from the Warriors or someone gets desperate, Ellis should be lacing them up in the Bay. 

(HT: IAmAGM.com)
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 4:27 pm
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Everyone saw it happen except the three guys in the striped shirts, and now the NBA has admitted that its referees blew a crucial kick ball no-call that helped decide a Friday night game between the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors.

With less than 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a tied game, Warriors guard Monta Ellis attempted a cross over move on Pacers guard George Hill outside the 3-point arc. Ellis' right-to-left dribble move resulted in the ball bouncing off Hill's right foot, which was raised off the ground. The ball ricocheted into Hill's arms and he took off the other direction, finishing a lay-up while being fouled by Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who tried in vain to foul him to prevent the lay-up. Hill made his free throw, Curry missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Pacers escaped with a 94-91 road victory at Oracle Arena.

The NBA announced on Saturday that the refereeing crew of Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland and Tony Brown should have whistled Hill for a kick ball violation, which would have returned possession to the Warriors with the score tied and roughly five seconds remaining on the clock. 

Here's the league's official explanation. 
With 5.4 seconds remaining in the Indiana-Golden State game on Jan. 20, Pacers guard George Hill intentionally kicked the ball away from Warriors guard Monta Ellis during his cross over dribble. According to rule no. 10, Section IV.b, kicking the ball or striking it with any part of the leg is a violation when it is an intentional act. The officials missed the kicked ball violation which should have resulted in a deadball situation and Golden State inbounding the ball on the sideline nearest the spot of the violation.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson and his team were furious, and he vigorously argued the call with officials after the ensuing play.

With the win, the Pacers improved to 10-4. The Warriors fell to 5-10.

The NBA also recently admitted that their referees blew a late no-call on a traveling violation by Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James.

Here's vide of the obvious blown call via YouTube user NBA.



Hat tip: IAmAGM.com
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Report: Howard has 'no interest' in Warriors

By Matt Moore

Yesterday was pretty much "Bad Dwight Howard News" for the Warriors on Thursday. Howard missed an epic number of free throws, and still dropped 45 and 23 on the Dubs Thursday night. And to top it all off, all that talk about the Warriors making a swing at Howard in trade? Yeah, Howards says no thanks. 

From Sports Illustrated.com:

On topic of Dwight-to-Warriors, source says his agent, Dan Fegan, has made it clear to GS that Howard has no interest in playing there.
That doesn't necessarily bar the Warriors from making the gamble and acquiring Howard should their package prove tempting for Orlando, but it would be way too great of a risk for the Warriors to send Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis in the trade, and Orlando would insist on one star guard or the other. 

So the Warriors, who lost Kwame Brown on Wednesday for most of the season with a chest injury, are now seemingly out of the Get Dwight race. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported this week that the Warriors have been very aggressive in the trade market and could make a move before the trade deadline as they continue to move towards a more defensive approach. 

Golden State continues to struggle with attracting a big name free agent, despite having a raucous crowd, new aggressive ownership, a player's coach in Mark Jackson, and a large market in the nicer weather of California (not that San Francisco's really a treat this time of year, but it's nicer than say, Milwaukee). Evenually they may have to pull the trigger on sending one of those guards out in order to augment their supporting system, since it doesn't look like anyone will be shopping for David Lee under his sizeable contract any time soon.  
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Posted by Royce Young

The clock is ticking on Dwight Howard.

The March 15 trade deadline is coming and the Magic don't yet appear ready to make a decision on their superstar center. Keep him and you run the risk of watching him walk away for nothing. Trade him and you give up on any chance you had of ever keeping him.

But the Magic kind of are handcuffed. Howard has four teams he's interested in signing an extension with: the Nets, Lakers, Mavericks and Magic. Which means general manager Otis Smith is limited to negotiating with three teams, two of which don't exactly have a plethora of enticing trade assets.

You might think that rules out 26 other teams from competing for Howard at the deadline, but one team, the Golden State Warriors, are willing to consider renting Howard. Via Yahoo! Sports:
Golden State management is willing to take Howard as a one-season “rental,” with the hope of selling him on signing a long-term deal before he enters free agency this summer. Like most teams, Golden State has inquired with Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, but the Magic have yet to commit to aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard.
The Warriors also pursued Chris Paul, but had the same issues of not being able to be certain he'd commit long-term. But they're willing to risk it with Howard. They have quality young assets in Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis that they can dangle, plus would probably be willing and able to absorb Hedo Turkoglu's remaining $34 million contract.

The Warriors thinking is that if they could just get Howard into the Bay Area with marketing and money opportunities aplenty, that they would be able to convince him to stay long-term. Issue is with Howard, he wants a situation he can win and probably play with a fellow star. And is Golden State that type of place?

But owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are determined to alter the culture and perception of the Warriors and if they have to take a chance on giving up a lot to get Howard for three months, so be it. It's an honorable approach by owners committed to their passionate, rabid fanbase. Hard not to appreciate that.

The Warriors probably could put together the best package outside of the Lakers offering Andrew Bynum. Curry or Ellis are terrific young talents and something the Magic would be happy to get back. The big question is the status of Curry's surgically repaired ankle though, which could hold things up.

As March 15 approaches, the more teams are going to get into the mix. The Magic haven't even decided on trading Howard yet, but if they do, the Warriors will be waiting for a phone call.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Report: Warriors face more harassment allegations

Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis

The recent Monta Ellis sexting scandal is reportedly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to legal drama for the Golden State Warriors.

SlamOnline.com reports that Ellis' accuser, a former team employee who allegedly received inappropriate messages from the Warriors' star guard, is not alone in lodging sexual harassment allegations against the organization.
SLAMonline has learned the Warriors have faced other allegations of sexual harassment since majority owner Joe Lacob completed his purchase of the team in November, 2010.

One of the accusers was previously the director of the team’s cheerleading squad, the Warrior Girls. She currently holds a similar position with a separate NBA franchise. Sources have also informed SLAMonline that at least two other former Warriors employees accusing the team of sexual harassment during Lacob’s ownership have settled their cases. Sources say that the departure of the director of the team’s cheerleading squad is related to suggestive communications involving a member of the Golden State’s executive staff.
The Warriors did not outright deny these reported allegations, instead repeating an earlier statement that the organization "takes seriously any allegations of harassment" and promising to "vigorously defend" its reputation.

In response to the allegations against Ellis by the team's former employee, the Warriors said that the lawsuit was motivated by "by money and not the pursuit of justice" and that the organization would refuse to comment in further detail about the case.
 
 
 
 
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