Monta Ellis opts out of Mavs deal with Miami Heat interest

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The entirety of the NBA seems to have gone pretty crazy in the last few days.

With the 2015 Draft just one day away, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive, with players like DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Goran Dragic all potentially swapping teams before the start of next season.

And now you can add another name to that list, Dallas Mavericks point guard Monte Ellis.

According to a report from Chris Broussard of Sports Illustrated, Ellis has decided to opt out of his deal with the Mavericks and could now be a target for the Miami Heat and Indiana pacers.

Time to Cut Bait?

On first appearances, it seems Dallas can move on from Ellis; try and give him a lowball offer and if someone comes in with a bigger offer then just cut bait. The Mavericks can bring in a cheaper option, make Chandler Parsons more of a playmaker and then use the extra cap space to pursue big free agents like LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan.

Miami being interested is very interesting and something that should be an indicator that they think there is a credible possibility that Dwyane Wade decided to move on from South Beach after twelve years in Miami.

The Pacers make more sense, with Ellis being a definite upgrade on a guy like George Hill, who spent much of last season injured.

Ellis will be looking for more than the $8.72 million he would've gotten by opting, but it’s not a certainty that he gets it. Monta Ellis is a good point guard, and one that most teams would be happy to have as their starter, but would only be a contender with much better players around him. It seems that Ellis thinks he can get that move in 2015.


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