Free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis has finally found a new home, after agreeing to a 3-year, $28 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Ellis, who had been gauging interest from various teams since opting out of his deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, finally settled on a deal which will see him relocate for the second time in three years, this time to the great state of Texas.
The 27-year old’s numbers took a small hit in Milwaukee, scoring an average of 17 and 19 points per game respectively in his two years with the Bucks, in comparison to a 22 point average across 7 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, bringing his career average down to 19.4 points per game. He shot 40.1% from the floor in 2012/13, and his shooting from beyond the arc fell to 28.1%.
Despite this slight dip in offensive numbers, and his struggles on defense this past season, the interest in Ellis has remained high. It’s no secret that he is a dominant offensive player, will be hugely valuable on the scoring end for the Mavericks, and should work well in the pick and roll with Dirk Nowitzki and fellow new recruit Jose Calderon to create scoring opportunities for the new look Mavericks.