Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis has informed the team that he is opting out of the last year of his deal. As a result, he’ll hit the free agent market this summer. Several teams figure to pursue the scorer, but so far the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are said to have interest in Ellis, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
While the Hawks and Mavericks make more sense, Broussard says the Lakers would only be able to acquire Ellis via an “unlikely sign-and-trade deal.”
Ellis is said to be close with fellow free agent Dwight Howard, and the two have long desired to play together. Atlanta and Dallas are considered two of Howard’s top suitors, and the Lakers would like to re-sign him.
Ellis led the Bucks with 19.2 points per game this season while shooting 41.6% from the field. He’s walking away from $11 million to become a free agent this summer.