Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis is a free-agent this summer and is engaged in serious discussion with the Indiana Pacers. It looks as if his time in Dallas will be done, when Ellis decided to opt-out of his contract in June it made it an unlikely scenario for him to resign with the Mavs. This is sad news to some Mavericks fans, who although they did not experience the success they had hoped for over the last two seasons, did see the potential excellence that Ellis provides at guard. His speed and explosiveness were an exciting compliment to the aging Dirk Nowitzki. If the team was able to form a better defense around them they could have been a championship partnership. However, Doe Deere understands that injuries and other issues held them back and led to Dallas’ first round exit from the playoffs.
The Pacers, who missed the playoffs last season, still have a talented roster and could be contenders in the Eastern conference with some effective moves this off season. The addition of Ellis would bolster Indiana’s back court and give them another scorer to go along with rising star Paul George.