intentions of moving any of their core guys between now and the Feb. 18
trading deadline — and I believe ‘em on this one — multiple league
sources confirmed today that the Golden State Warriors are giving some
thought to putting together a trade package that would involve Monta
Ellis going to Boston in exchange for Allen.
The Warriors see
rookie Stephen Curry as the face of the franchise moving forward. One
league source said the Warriors believe that Curry won’t develop at the
rate they would like as long as Ellis is around.
Golden State saw flashes of just how talented Curry can be against New Jersey earlier this week when playing without Ellis.
With Ellis out with a sprained right ankle, Curry went off for a career-high 32 points.
such a deal to work, the Warriors would have to include at least one
additional salary. The most likely player to be included would be
Vladamir Radmonovic, who has a player option after this season but
isn’t expected to exercise it.
Wow. What an intriguing deal. The 25-year-old Ellis is a prolific scorer with blazing speed. Imagine watching Ellis and Rondo in the same backcourt?
But does he fit in Boston? The transition could be difficult, especially in mid-season. He is used to creating his offense off the dribble, not coming off screens a la Ray Allen.
For those questioning his defense, here’s John Hollinger’s take:
tends to fall asleep on the weak side and loses physical matches when
he has to guard big 2s. Though he’s a far better defender than most of
his teammates, especially against point guards, he suffered from the
typical Warriors symptom of inconsistent effort.
Ellis has four years and $44 million remaining on his contract. According to HoopsWorld, Radmanovic has a non-guaranteed year left on his contract worth $6.8 million, not a player option as Blakely states.